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The interaction between work and home of employees in the earthmoving equipment industry: measurement and prevalence

Izel Rost, Karina Mostert
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 2 | a377 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i2.377 | © 2007 Izel Rost, Karina Mostert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 January 2007 | Published: 16 January 2007

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Izel Rost, Barloworld Equipment, South Africa
Karina Mostert, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

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The objectives of this study were to determine the psychometric properties of a new work-home interaction instrument, the Survey Work-home Interaction-Nijmegen (SWING) in the South African context, and to determine the prevalence of work-home interaction. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among employees in the earthmoving equipment industry (N = 528). Structural equation modelling showed that a four-factor model fitted the data best. This factor structure was equivalent across important subgroups. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients showed that all four factors were reliably measured. Paired-samples t-tests revealed that negative interference from work to home is more prevalent than negative interference from home to work, but that positive interference from the home domain is more prevalent than positive interference from the work domain.


Work-home interaction; Construct validity; Construct equivalence; Reliability; Prevalence


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