Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2019

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

First Advisor

Ali, Saba Rasheed

First Committee Member

Foley-Nicpon, Megan

Second Committee Member

Ehly, Stewart

Third Committee Member

Priest, Jacob

Fourth Committee Member

Bills, David


Relatively little research has been devoted to understanding the implications of adult cyberbullying on workers. However, recent research focused on how cyberbullying affects adults has indicated cyberbullying has negative implications for job satisfaction of workers. The purpose of this study was to use Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a framework to investigate the impact of cyberbullying in the workplace by examining the relationship between cyberbullying and both job satisfaction and social self-efficacy. The results of this study indicate that among individuals who are cyberbullied, higher rates of cyberbullying has a significant negative relationship with social self-efficacy, and social self-efficacy was negatively related to job satisfaction and also mediated the relationship between cyberbullying and job satisfaction. The findings of this study suggest cyberbullying is a workplace environmental condition that should be studied in SCCT due to its potential to negatively impact career development by indirectly influencing job satisfaction through a person’s social self-efficacy. Counselors and organizational leaders should consider this issue when designing interventions to combat workplace bullying.


cyberbullying, job satisfaction, Social Cognitive Career Theory


vi, 30 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 25-30).


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