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That bad marriage – it could be the fault of your abusive boss


I am pretty sure this is one that you can chalk up in the DUH Column but it seems that some researchers felt it might be interesting to study the effect of abusive bosses on their employees marriages.

Without any real surprise to people who can actually think for themselves the researchers at Baylor University found that the stress and tension caused by an abusive boss can affect your marital relationship, and as an extension of that the whole family unit.

Dawn Carlson, study author, a Ph.D. and professor of management at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, notes that this abuse can include rudeness, public criticism, tantrums, and inconsiderate actions.

The study included 280 full-time employees and their partners of which 57 percent were males with an average of five years in their current job. As well, 75 percent had children living with them while the average age for the employee and their partner was 36 years.

Of those involved with the study 46 percent supervised other employees, 47 percent worked in a public organization, 40 percent worked in private businesses, nine percent worked for a non-profit organization and five percent were self-employed.

Some of the questions in the employee section of the survey were:

“How often does your supervisor use the following behaviors with you?” with example items being “Tells me my thoughts or feelings are stupid,” “Expresses anger at me when he/she is mad for another reason,” “Puts me down in front of others,” and “Tells me I’m incompetent.”

via PhysOrg

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2 Responses to “That bad marriage – it could be the fault of your abusive boss”

  1. Janet Raamot Schadewitz

    Almost all bosses suck they are in it for themselves, of course, and they don't give a shit about people in general let alone their employees. All I have to say is Karma's a bitch and I hope all those rude inconsiderate bosses that don't even deserve to be a boss get theirs and remember how awfull they were to their employees. These bosses just think they are so much better than everyone let a lone their average Joe just trying to make a living to support themselves or their families while trying themselves to make it to the top. Even that boss had to start some where unless of course you were a rich selfish spoiled brat that everything was handed to you on a platter. Have any of you seen the movie Horrible bosses?

  2. Sandy Price

    I had a very bad boss over over 9 years. He throws things at us, He pushes people to the ground, he belittles us in front of other people. He thinks all of us are idiots and treats us as such. I was the manager at one point over 11 people. I had a great group of peoples on the most part we all got along! We had to, we only had reach other! I had a break down. I was getting yelled at again and my mind just snapped right there. After being off on short term disibility for three months by Doctors and my advocate toll them there was no way I could not go back to work there! I made good money there and I loved what I did and the peeps respected me and usaually did the things I asked of them. This is not the time to be out of work! The good thing here is the company let me out of my Non compete! I think it's even harder when your it's your Boss/Owner! It's just wrong, but just to do something about it. The lawyers I talked to either said do you have lots of money to stop this abuse and I work in a right to work state. I allowed this Man (Bully) to destroy my spirit after nine years of this abuse. I was in a black whole which now six months later I am getting better.

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