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Measuring work engagement among community health workers in Sierra Leone: Validating the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale

Vallières, Frédérique, McAuliffe, Eilish, Hyland, Philip, Galligan, Marie and Ghee, Annette (2017) Measuring work engagement among community health workers in Sierra Leone: Validating the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale. Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 33 (1). pp. 41-46. ISSN 1576-5962

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Abstract

This study examines the concept of volunteer work engagement in a sample of 334 community health workers in Bonthe District, Sierra Leone. Structural equation modelling was used to validate both the 9-item and the 17-item Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES-9 and UWES-17, respectively). Results assessing the UWES-17 invalidated the three-factor structure within this cohort of community health workers, as high correlations were found between latent factors. Findings for the validity of the UWES-9 were largely consistent with those of the UWES-17. Model fit for the UWES-9 were generally equivalent for the one-factor, three-factor, and bifactor solutions, however the three-factor model was once again rejected due to high factor correlations. Based on these results, the current sample provides evidence that work engagement is best represented as a unidimensional construct in this context. Findings are considered alongside previous research to offer support for the utilization of the shortened UWES-9 in this context, as it appears to provide a good representation of work engagement and possess a parsimonious unidimensional scoring scheme.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 17:18
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 10:53
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2228

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