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Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v14 n1 p125-133 2014

The purpose of this study is to ascertain to what extent organizational cynicism may be predicted based on the level of perceived organizational support by determining the relationship between research assistants' perceived organizational support and organizational cynicism. The population of the study consists of 214 research assistants working as 50/d staff in Akdeniz University, Turkey. 50/d position provides a graduate student only a temporary job with a limited salary seen as a scholarship until he/she completes his/her thesis/dissertation. Data were obtained using the "Perceived Organizational Support Scale (POSS)," which was developed by researchers, and using the "Organizational Cynicism Scale (OCS)," which was developed by Brandes, Dhartwadkar, and Dean (1999) and then adapted into Turkish by the researchers. As a result of an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) applied on the scales, four dimensions in POSS and three dimensions in OCS were specified. To perform the data analysis, the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient and Multiple Linear Regression analyses were used; according to whose findings, there are significant moderate negative relationships between all dimensions of the POSS and OCS. The conclusion was reached that the perceived level of organizational support by the research assistants is a significant variable in predicting organizational cynicism. In addition, perceived interaction support was found to be the most significant dimension affecting organizational cynicism.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Assistants, Graduate Students, Psychological Patterns, Measures (Individuals), Factor Analysis, Correlation, Multiple Regression Analysis, Student Attitudes

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Author: Kasalak, Gamze; Bilgin Aksu, Mualla


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