Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Warr, Cook, and Wall's (1979) Job Satisfaction Scale
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Warr, Cook, and Wall's Job Satisfaction Scale (JSS) is a widely used measure of job satisfaction in industrial/organisational (I/O) psychology research and practice. However, the factor structure has not been adequately explored, with two-factor and three-factor solutions previously proposed. This study tested the factor structure of the JSS using robust analysis methods on data gathered from a convenience sample of 381 (females=264, males=116) Australian employees. Confirmatory factor analyses supported a hierarchical three-factor model of job satisfaction in terms of model adequacy coefficients; however, the three factors were highly correlated, thereby rendering a multifactorial approach to the JSS untenable. The results support the continued use of an overall score of job satisfaction when using this measure in I/O psychology research and practice. Further testing of the structure is recommended within a range of employment sectors, as the assumed multifactorial structure of the JSS common in the literature was not supported by the current study.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Heritage, B. and Pollock, C. and Roberts, L. 2015. Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Warr, Cook, and Wall's (1979) Job Satisfaction Scale. Australian Psychologist. 50 (2): pp. 122-129, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12103 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms
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