Mean Girls in the Legal Workplace


Purpose This quantitative study examined relationships between perceptions of aggression, workplace incivility, and job satisfaction among legal professional women. Framework Microaggression Theory and Relational Aggression Theory provided the theoretical framework for this study. Result Perceptions of higher levels of direct and indirect aggression from others were significantly associated with greater workplace incivility towards others and with lower job satisfactio Theoretical, methodologies, and ethical implications: Study results provide empirical evidence of direct and indirect Mean Girl behavior in the legal workplace and highlight the negative consequences of Mean Girl behavior. Demonstrating microaggression and relational aggression in the legal workplace support the theoretical framework. Present findings imply that reducing mean girl behavior may be necessary to foster a healthy and ethical legal workplace for all, based on decency and positive exchange. Conclusion While this study was correlational in nature, so cause and effect can not be determined, present findings suggest that Mean Girl behavior may lead to increasing levels of workplace incivility and lower levels of job satisfaction in the legal workplace.

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Carole L. Stephens, Walden University, USA

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Conference: ECP2015
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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