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Publication Date

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Megumi Hosoda


affective commitment, job satisfaction, OCB, organizational citizenship behavior, organizational commitment, perceived ethnic discrimination

Subject Areas

Psychology, General; Business Administration, Management; Psychology, Behavioral


Using data from 248 employed students from several ethnic minority groups and a variety of different job industries, the present study investigated the relationship between perceived ethnic discrimination and job attitudes, i.e., job satisfaction and affective commitment, and job behaviors, i.e., organizational citizenship behavior toward individuals (OCB-I) and organizational citizenship behavior toward organizations (OCB-O). The results showed that perceived ethnic discrimination was negatively related to job satisfaction, affective commitment, and OCB-I. However, perceived ethnic discrimination was not related to OCB-O. Surprisingly, there was a relationship between gender and perceived ethnic discrimination. Males reported higher levels of perceived ethnic discrimination than did females. Likewise, older workers perceived more ethnic discrimination than younger workers. Ethnicity of participants did not influence perceived ethnic discrimination. Furthermore, gender and ethnicity did not moderate the relationship between perceived ethnic discrimination and the outcome variables. The implications of the findings for organizations and their employees are further discussed.