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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Greenberg, Stuart Elliott
URN etd-09082012-040122
Title Measuring absence cultures :an examination of absence perceptions of males and females
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Chair
Axsom, Daniel K. Committee Member
Harvey, Robert J. Committee Member
  • Employee attitude surveys
Date of Defense 1989-12-15
Availability restricted

Absenteeism was explored from a social psychological perspective. The purpose was to measure the absence cultures (Nicholson and Johns, l9S5) of male and female employees through the use of policy capturing (Hobson and Gibson, l9S3). Absence was split into three dimensions: Personal Health, Stress Relief, and Family Responsibility (Nicholson and Payne, l9S7). One hundred and two employees of a large southeastern university were used as subjects. They were asked to give their own opinion and their opinion of their organization's view about the inappropriateness/appropriateness of the absence behaviors in the 27 policy capturing vignettes. They were also asked to give their subjective weighting of how they used each dimension to make their overall rating.

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