Measuring quantitative and qualitative aspects of the job insecurity climate: Scale validation
2015 (English)In: Career Development International, ISSN 1362-0436, E-ISSN 1758-6003, Vol. 20, no 3, 202-217 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop and validate a measure of job insecurity climate by: first, testing whether job insecurity climate and individual job insecurity are two separate constructs; and second, investigating the relative importance of individual job insecurity and job insecurity climate in predicting work-related and health-related outcomes.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected by questionnaires in a simple stratified random sample of 1,380 white-collar workers in Sweden. The response rate was 56 percent.
Findings – Confirmatory factor analyses showed that job insecurity climate was distinct from individual job insecurity. Four separate ridge regression analyses showed that qualitative job insecurity climate was a significant predictor of demands, work-family conflict, psychological distress, and poor self-rated health and that quantitative job insecurity climate predicted demands and work-family conflict.
Research limitations/implications – The study is based on self-reports, which may involve common method bias. The cross-sectional study design limits the possibility to make causal inferences regarding the relationship between job insecurity climate and outcomes.
Practical implications – Future studies may consider measuring job insecurity climate in line with a referent-shift model. Work environment surveys in organizations that include measures of individual job insecurity and job insecurity climate can provide practitioners with a fuller picture of the psychosocialwork environment.
Originality/value – The present study adds to previous research by introducing a new approach to measuring and conceptualizing job insecurity climate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 20, no 3, 202-217 p.
Job insecurity climate, Psychological collective climate, Qualitative job insecurity, Quantitative job insecurity, Referent-shift, Scale validation
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118973DOI: 10.1108/CDI-03-2014-0047ISI: 000356433400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118973DiVA: diva2:842772
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1758