The Development and Validation of the Workplace Ostracism Scale

D. Lance Ferris, Douglas J. Brown, Joseph W. Berry, Huiwen Lian

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This article outlines the development of a 10-item measure of workplace ostracism. Using 6 samples (including multisource and multiwave data), the authors developed a reliable scale with a unidimensional factor structure that replicated across 4 separate samples. The scale possessed both convergent and discriminant validity, and criterion-related validity was demonstrated through the scale's relation with basic needs, well-being, job attitudes, job performance, and withdrawal. Overall, the present study suggests that the Workplace Ostracism Scale is a reliable and valid measure and that the workplace ostracism construct has important implications for both individuals and organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1348-1366
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • deviance
  • measurement
  • ostracism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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