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Confirmatory factor analysis of Warr, Cook, and Wall's (1979) Job Satisfaction Scale

Heritage, B.ORCID: 0000-0002-6437-7232, Pollock, C. and Roberts, L.D. (2015) Confirmatory factor analysis of Warr, Cook, and Wall's (1979) Job Satisfaction Scale. Australian Psychologist, 50 (2). pp. 122-129.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2015 The Australian Psychological Society
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