Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Psychology


Psychology (Masters)

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 40 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Michael T. Ford

Committee Members

Sylvia G. Roch


daily home affect, interpersonal justice, justice variability, psychological detachment, uncertainty management theory, Supervision of employees, Fairness, Employees, Organizational behavior, Psychology, Industrial

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With the assumption that the more justice the better, studies in the past have overlooked the implications of the consistency in daily justice experiences. Interpersonal justice especially tends to be associated with frequent fluctuations on the daily basis among the justice dimensions. Drawing on uncertainty management theory (Van den Bos & Lind, 2002; Van den Bos, 2001), the author argued that the uncertainty and the difficulty in consolidating a sense of justice from inconsistent fairness treatments can make people engage in sense-making or rumination after work. Hence, the purpose of the study was to investigate the potential negative spillover impact of inconsistent fairness treatment on individuals’ psychological detachment and affective outcomes in the home domain. Results of multilevel mediation analysis from a ten-day daily diary study revealed that interpersonal justice was related to daily fluctuations in affect at home via higher levels of psychological detachment. Furthermore, inconsistency in supervisor fairness treatments, which was operationalized as interpersonal justice variability, was related to poorer between-person differences in psychological detachment, which in turn explained between-person differences in negative affect at home. The (in)consistency of interpersonal justice contributed unique variances above and beyond the average level of interpersonal justice. Limitations, practical implications and future directions are discussed.

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