Perceiving is believing: Negative affective events and relational models in supervisory relationships

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The article discusses affective aspects of professional relationships involving management or supervision, focusing on negative emotions in the context of attachment theory. A survey study involving two dozen British nurses is described. The nurses' reactions to their supervisors are characterized as stable, anxious or avoidant. A discussion of event interpretation, accountability and relational outcomes of conflicts is presented. It is noted that the study sample is small, professionally homogeneous and over eighty percent female.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management -
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …


Conference66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Period1/01/07 → …


  • Emotional reactions
  • Management relationship
  • Relational Model

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