The moderating role of seeking social support on coping styles and perceptions of organizational justice: A study with French and Turkish students

Remi Finkelstein1, Jale Minibas-Poussard2, Marina Bastounis3
1University Paris West, France
2Galatasaray University, Turkey
3University Paris Descartes, France
Cite this article:  Finkelstein, R., Minibas-Poussard, J., & Bastounis, M. (2009). The moderating role of seeking social support on coping styles and perceptions of organizational justice: A study with French and Turkish students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 37, 845-862.

Volume 37 Issue 6 | e1891 | Published: July 2009 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2009.37.6.845

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We examined the relationship between perceived organizational justice and coping styles in a cross-cultural comparison. Data were collected from university students in Paris, France (individualist culture; N = 192, age M = 21.6) and Istanbul, Turkey (collectivist culture; N = 251, age M = 22). The questionnaire (adapted from Colquitt, 2001) included ratings of distributive, procedural, and interactional justice at the university, and a coping style inventory (Vitaliano, Russo, Carr, Maiuro, & Becker, 1985) measuring preference for problem-focused coping, emotion-focused coping and seeking social support. In the Turkish data social-support seeking was higher than in the French sample and it was positively correlated with justice perceptions. When seeking social support was linked to problem-focused coping, it was also linked to a more positive evaluation of justice in the Turkish, but not the French data.

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