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A psychometric evaluation of measures of effective well-being in an insurance company

W J Coetzer, S Rothmann
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 2 | a372 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i2.372 | © 2007 W J Coetzer, S Rothmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 January 2007 | Published: 16 January 2007

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W J Coetzer, North-West University, South Africa
S Rothmann, North-West University, South Africa

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The objectives of this study were to validate two measures of affective well-being, namely the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) for employees in an insurance company, to assess their construct equivalence for different language groups and to determine the relationship between burnout and work engagement. A cross-sectional survey design with an availability sample (N = 613) was used. The MBI, UWES and a biographical questionnaire were administered. Structural equation modelling confirmed a three-factor model of burnout, consisting of Exhaustion, Cynicism and Professional Efficacy and a three-factor model of work engagement consisting of Vigour, Dedication and Absorption. Acceptable construct equivalence of the three-factor model of burnout and work engagement for different language groups was confirmed. A second-order factor analysis of the scales resulted in two factors, namely burnout and work engagement.


Burnout; Work engagement; Construct equivalence


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