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      The Relationship Between Psychological Contract Breach and Employees’ Counterproductive Work Behaviors: The Mediating Effect of Organizational Cynicism and Work Alienation

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          Psychological contract breach (PCB) may trigger negative attitudes in employees and ultimately cause further negative behaviors. By drawing on social exchange theory, this study aims to explore the link between PCB and counterproductive work behavior (CWB) by focusing on the mediating role of organizational cynicism and work alienation. We administered a cross-sectional survey of 484 energy company front-line employees. The conceptual model was examined via structural equation modeling. The results suggested that organizational cynicism and work alienation sequentially mediated the relationship between PCB and CWB. This study elucidated the mechanisms underlying the relationship between PCB and CWB by introducing negative attitudes (i.e., organizational cynicism and work alienation) into the model, and offered further evidence that organizations should pay more attention to employees’ PCB and negative attitudes in order to reduce their CWB.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                1664-1078
                27 July 2018
                2018
                : 9
                : 1273
                Affiliations
                School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology , Xuzhou, China
                Author notes

                Edited by: Riccardo Sartori, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

                Reviewed by: Arianna Costantini, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy; Maria Luisa Farnese, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

                *Correspondence: Yang Chen, chenyangtcumt@ 123456163.com

                This article was submitted to Organizational Psychology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

                Article
                10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01273
                6072872
                30100888
                a23a7702-c001-4960-8e8d-d37710445c49
                Copyright © 2018 Li and Chen.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                History
                : 22 March 2018
                : 03 July 2018
                Page count
                Figures: 4, Tables: 4, Equations: 0, References: 138, Pages: 13, Words: 0
                Categories
                Psychology
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                Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
                psychological contract breach,organizational cynicism,work alienation,counterproductive work behavior,mediating effect

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