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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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ALCOVER, Carlos-María. Ageism in organizations?: Perceived organizational support as a mediator of the relations between age and psychological contract breach. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.3, pp. 299-313. ISSN 1984-6657.

In recent years many organizations have been forced to accept mergers, downsizing, and layoffs due to economic conditions and financial constraints imposed by global markets. In these organizational contexts, the older workforce, over 50 years of age, is the one that runs the highest risk of becoming the main target of downsizing policies. The principal aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between age and the perception of psychological contract (PC) breach in a sample of 498 employees from the banking sector. Additionally, we analyze the mediating role played by perceived organizational support (POS) in this relationship. The results indicate that employees over 50 years of age perceive more PC breach in comparison with younger workers, although POS can mitigate this perception. Results are discussed in light of possible ageism of these organizational policies and practices, as well as their practical implications.

Palavras-chave : Psychological Contract Breach; Perceived Organizational Support; Ageism; Older Workers.

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