Co-Rumination in the Workplace: Adjustment Trade-offs for Men and Women Who Engage in Excessive Discussions of Workplace Problems

  • Haggard D
  • Robert C
  • Rose A
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Abstract Purpose Developmental psychology research finds that when children and adolescents engage in excessive discussion of problems with friends, a phenomenon termed ‘‘co-rumination,’’ they experience trade-offs between negative adjustment outcomes (e.g., depression), but better friendship quality. This study examines the possibility that adults in the workplace engage in co-rumination about workplace problems, and that co-rumination, gender, and the presence of abusive supervision influence both positive and negative individual outcomes. Design/Methodology A sample of 147 adults ranging in age and occupation completed a questionnaire assessing co-rumination, abusive supervision, and workplace outcomes. Findings Results suggested that women engage in more co-rumination than men, and that abusive supervision exacerbates its negative effects for women. In contrast, for men experiencing high abusive supervision, co-rumination was associated with reduced negative effects. However, under low abusive supervision, co-rumination had no significant effect on any outcome variable for women, but was related to negative outcomes for men.

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  • Abusive supervision
  • Co-rumination
  • Emotional adjustment
  • Social support
  • Workplace adjustment

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  • Dana L. Haggard

  • Christopher Robert

  • Amanda J. Rose

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