Date of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. Melanie Leuty

Committee Chair School

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Emily Yowell

Committee Member 2 School

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Member 3 School

Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between microaggressions, person-organization fit (P-O fit), job satisfaction, and calling in non-religious individuals. Established research demonstrates that job satisfaction is predicted by P-O fit (Dawis, 2005). Research with minority groups has found that microaggressions are negatively related to P-O fit and job satisfaction (Lyons, Velez, Mehta, & Neil, 2014). However, research has yet to examine these interactions with a non-religious population. Previous investigations have found that calling is positively correlated with both P-O fit and job satisfaction (Duffy & Dik, 2013; Duffy, Allan, & Dik, 2011; Hirschi, 2012), suggesting the presence of a calling may mitigate the negative effects of microaggressions on these variables. It was predicted that P-O fit would mediate the relationship between microaggressions and job satisfaction and calling would moderate the relationship between microaggressions and P-O fit. To examine these relationships, participants were solicited through online communities for non-religious individuals. Results revealed that microaggressions predicted job satisfaction while calling predicted P-O fit and job satisfaction. Contrary to previous findings, microaggressions were not significantly related to P-O fit. Thus, P-O fit did not mediate the relationship between microaggressions and job satisfaction. Additionally, calling did not moderate the relationship between microaggressions and P-O fit. Post-hoc analyses revealed that calling was a significant moderator between microaggressions and job satisfaction. Findings expand research on the growing minority of non-religious individuals and contribute to the body of research in calling and offer additional guidance to vocational counselors working with non-religious individuals.

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