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Validation of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ) in a chemical factory

Lourens van Schalkwyk, Sebastiaan Rothmann
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 34, No 2 | a725 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v34i2.725 | © 2008 Lourens van Schalkwyk, Sebastiaan Rothmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 July 2008 | Published: 23 October 2008

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Lourens van Schalkwyk, North-West University - Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Sebastiaan Rothmann, North-West University - Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were to assess the psychometric properties of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ) and to investigate the differences in sense of coherence among demographic groups in a chemical factory environment. The OLQ and a biographical questionnaire were administered to chemical factory employees (N = 583). A three-factor model (manageability, meaningfulness and comprehensibility) was confirmed through structural-equation modelling. From the original 29-item OLQ, an 11-item OLQ and a 6-item OLQ were first derived with good fit statistics. With the 11-item OLQ, signifcant differences in sense of coherence among some demographic groups viz. qualifcation and job level were then confrmed.

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sense of coherence; Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ); validity; reliability; employee interaction

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