Title

Abusive supervision and well-being of Filipino migrant workers in Macau: Consequences for self-esteem and heritage culture detachment

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Social Indicators Research

Volume

139

Issue

1

First Page

277

Last Page

292

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Abstract

Abusive supervision in the workplace has been shown to have important direct consequence in work and work relationship, and also indirect consequences to workers’ well-being and relationships outside work. Consequences of abusive supervision have not been studied among migrant workers whose status in the host country of work is dependent on maintaining the work contract. This study investigates abusive supervision in 247 Filipino migrant workers in Macau, who hold temporary work contracts and work visas to engage in various low-skilled work (e.g., domestic helper, security guard, etc.). The study tests a model representing the indirect consequences of abusive supervision on the self-esteem and acculturation orientation of migrant workers, in particular, on the tendency to reject their heritage culture in their attempt to acculturate in the host country. Mediation analysis indicated that abusive supervisory perceptions led to lower self-esteem (b = −.19), which in turn relates to tendency to reject their heritage culture as part of acculturation (b = −.45) [indirect effect = .08, 90 % CI.04,.15]. The rejection of heritage culture is interpreted as a coping response to the negative indirect consequences of abusive supervision perceptions that may be partly attributed to being a migrant Filipino worker. The results are discussed in terms of how the acculturation of migrant workers reflects aspects of their well-being that may be adversely affected by vocational-related stress in the host country. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s11205-016-1446-7

Disciplines

Psychology

Keywords

Foreign workers, Filipino—Abuse of-- Macau (China : Special Administrative Region); Filipinos—Cultural assimilation--Macau (China : Special Administrative Region); Foreign workers, Filipino—Psychology; Self-esteem; Foreign workers, Filipino—Macau (China : Special Administrative Region)--Social conditions

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