The Relationships Between Psychological Contract Violation, Occupational Stress, and Well-Being in Police Officers

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The emotional reactions arising from the breaking of promises by or the failure of organizations to meet one or more obligations, as perceived by an employee, is termed psychological contract violation (PCV) and is purported to have negative consequences for the employee and the employer. This article explores the impact of feelings of perceived violation on the employees' occupational stress and well-being using the measures of psychological contract violation, occupational stress, and job-related well-being. The proposition that fairness and self-efficacy would mediate the relationship between PCV, work-related stress, and well-being was tested using structural equation modeling and supported by our findings. Future research avenues and practical implications for employers are discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Fairness, Psychological contract violation, Self-efficacy, Stress, Well-being