Assessing the Influence of Reversed Items and Force-Choice on the Work and Meaning Inventory [Evaluación de la influencia de los ítems invertidos y de elección forzosa en el Inventario de trabajo significativo]

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https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.17.1.27330

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work, meaning at work, acquiescence, forced-choice items [trabajo, trabajo significativo, aquiescencia, ítems de elección forzosa]

Abstract

Abstract

Response biases are issues in inventories in positive organizational psychology. The study aims to control the response bias in the assessment of meaning of work through two methods: reversed key items and forced-choice format. The sample consisted of 351 professionals; women constituted 60.0 % of the sample. The participants answered two versions of the instrument for meaning of work: Likert-type items and forced-choice. For both versions, the unifactorial model was the most appropriate for the data available. The results indicate that the random intercepts model fit the Likert data (CFI = .92), as well as the forced-choice model (CFI = .97). Besides, the latent dimension of the forced-choice version did not correlate with acquiescence index (r < .08; p > .05), and approximately 20 % of the variance of the items might be due to the method (Likert or forced-choice). The present study illustrates the importance of response bias control in self-report instruments. 

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Los sesgos de respuesta son problemas en los inventarios de la psicología organizacional positiva. El estudio tiene como objetivo controlar el sesgo de respuesta en la eva­luación del trabajo significativo a través de dos métodos: ítems clave invertidos y formato de elección forzosa. La muestra estuvo formada por 351 profesionales; las muje­res constituyeron el 60.0 % de la muestra. Los participan­tes respondieron dos versiones del instrumento de signifi­cado del trabajo: ítems tipo Likert y elección forzosa. Para ambas versiones, el modelo unifactorial fue el más apro­piado para los datos disponibles. Los resultados indican que el modelo de intersecciones aleatorias se ajusta a los datos Likert (CFI = .92), así como al modelo de elección forzada (CFI = .97). Además, la dimensión latente de la versión de elección forzada no se correlacionó con el ín­dice de aquiescencia (< .08; p > .05), y aproximada­mente el 20 % de la varianza de los ítems podría deberse al método (Likert o forzado). elección). El presente estu­dio ilustra la importancia del control del sesgo de res­puesta en los instrumentos de autoinforme.

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Author Biographies

Maria da Glória Lima Leonardo, Universidade Salgado de Oliveira (UNIVERSO)

Graduated in Executive Secretariat (UNIGRANRIO), Master and PhD student in Psychology (UNIVERSO). Develops research on positive organizational behavior, meaning of work.

Michelle Morelo Pereira, Universidade Salgado de Oliveira (UNIVERSO) and Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG)

Professor at the Graduate School of Psychological Assessment, Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, Divinópolis, Brazil. Master and  PhD student in Psychology (UNIVERSO). Develops research on positive organizational behavior, passion at work  and quantitative psychology. 

Felipe Valentini, Universidade São Francisco (USF)

Professor at the Graduate School of Psychological Assessment, Universidade São Francisco, Campinas, Brazil. His research interests focus on quantitative psychology, response bias, psychological assessment, intelligence, and performance. Researcher on Productivity at CNPq.

Clarissa Pinto Pizarro de Freitas, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

Professor of Post-Graduate in Psycochology

PhD. In Psychology end Post Doctoral  in Psychology Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

Her research interestes focus on psychometrics and positive organizational psychology.

Michael F. Steger, Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University, USA; Optentia Research Programme, North-West Univeristy, South Africa.

Coordinator of Center for Meaning and Purpose and Professor in Colorado State University, USA; Optentia Research Programme, North-West Univeristy, South Africa.

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2021-05-11

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Leonardo, M. da G. L., Pereira, M. M., Valentini, F., Freitas, C. P. P. de, & Steger, M. F. (2021). Assessing the Influence of Reversed Items and Force-Choice on the Work and Meaning Inventory [Evaluación de la influencia de los ítems invertidos y de elección forzosa en el Inventario de trabajo significativo]. Acción Psicológica, 17(1), 103–116. https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.17.1.27330

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