Loneliness in the Workplace: Construct definition and scale development (2006)
Type of ContentJournal Articles
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. College of Arts.
University of Canterbury. Management.
University of Canterbury. Psychology.
AuthorsWright, S.L., Burt, C.D.B., Strongman, K.T.show all
This paper describes the conceptual development and validation of a scale to measure loneliness in the workplace. Despite extensive literature on loneliness and the measurement of the phenomenon, the issue of assessing worker loneliness is not well researched. A 16-item self-report loneliness scale was developed for intended use in the workplace. Two separate studies were conducted to examine the reliability and validity of the scale . For each study participants were recruited by email and completed the scale via a website published on the internet. The first study included 514 employees, while the second study included 363 employees , each representing various occupational groups. Exploratory factor analysis using oblique rotation generated two factors representing emotional deprivation at work and social companionship at work. On a subsequent sample , confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the two-factor structure by demonstrating a significantly better fit than a single-factor structure. The results indicate the scale has good internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Preliminary evidence for convergent and discriminant validity is also provided.
CitationWright, S.L., Burt, C.D.B., Strongman, K.T. (2006) Loneliness in the Workplace: Construct definition and scale development. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 35(2), pp. 59-68.
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