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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/294078
Title:
The work-related quality of life scale for higher education employees
Authors:
Easton, Simon; Edwards, Julian A.; Kinman, Gail; Van Laar, Darren
Abstract:
Previous research suggests that higher education employees experience comparatively high levels of job stress. A range of instruments, both generic and job‐specific, has been used to measure stressors and strains in this occupational context. The Work‐related Quality of Life (WRQoL) scale is a measure designed to capture perceptions of the working environment and employees’ responses to them. This study explores the factor structure of the WRQoL scale for higher education employees. Survey data were collected from workers in four higher education institutions in the UK (n = 2136). Confirmatory factor analysis methods were used to investigate the explanatory power of the scale using a six‐factor model (job and career satisfaction, general well‐being, home–work interface, stress at work, control at work and working conditions). A first‐order confirmatory factor analysis model fitted the data well, whilst a second‐order model produced an acceptable fit. Levels of WRQoL for each factor are consistent with those found in other studies of academic employees. Overall, higher education employees in the sample are dissatisfied with their jobs and careers, are generally dissatisfied with working conditions and control at work and report they are stressed at work. Results provide evidence to support the use of the WRQoL psychometric instrument as both a multidimensional and uni‐dimensional measure to assess the quality of working life of employees in higher education.
Affiliation:
Open University; University of Bedfordshire; University of Portsmouth
Citation:
Edwards, J.A., Van Laar, D., Easton, S. & Kinman, G. (2009) 'The work‐related quality of life scale for higher education employees', Quality in Higher Education, 15 (3), pp.207-219.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Quality in Higher Education
Issue Date:
Nov-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/294078
DOI:
10.1080/13538320903343057
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13538320903343057#.Ub7h6Oe-o0E
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1353-8322
Appears in Collections:
Research Centre for Applied Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorEaston, Simonen_GB
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Julian A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan Laar, Darrenen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-17T09:29:23Zen
dc.date.available2013-06-17T09:29:23Zen
dc.date.issued2009-11en
dc.identifier.citationEdwards, J.A., Van Laar, D., Easton, S. & Kinman, G. (2009) 'The work‐related quality of life scale for higher education employees', Quality in Higher Education, 15 (3), pp.207-219.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1353-8322en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13538320903343057en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/294078en
dc.description.abstractPrevious research suggests that higher education employees experience comparatively high levels of job stress. A range of instruments, both generic and job‐specific, has been used to measure stressors and strains in this occupational context. The Work‐related Quality of Life (WRQoL) scale is a measure designed to capture perceptions of the working environment and employees’ responses to them. This study explores the factor structure of the WRQoL scale for higher education employees. Survey data were collected from workers in four higher education institutions in the UK (n = 2136). Confirmatory factor analysis methods were used to investigate the explanatory power of the scale using a six‐factor model (job and career satisfaction, general well‐being, home–work interface, stress at work, control at work and working conditions). A first‐order confirmatory factor analysis model fitted the data well, whilst a second‐order model produced an acceptable fit. Levels of WRQoL for each factor are consistent with those found in other studies of academic employees. Overall, higher education employees in the sample are dissatisfied with their jobs and careers, are generally dissatisfied with working conditions and control at work and report they are stressed at work. Results provide evidence to support the use of the WRQoL psychometric instrument as both a multidimensional and uni‐dimensional measure to assess the quality of working life of employees in higher education.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13538320903343057#.Ub7h6Oe-o0Een
dc.subjectconfirmatory factor analysisen_GB
dc.subjectquality of working lifeen_GB
dc.subjectstress and well‐beingen_GB
dc.subjectwork-life balanceen_GB
dc.titleThe work-related quality of life scale for higher education employeesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentOpen Universityen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Portsmouthen_GB
dc.identifier.journalQuality in Higher Educationen_GB
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