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What Factors Contribute to the Meaning of Work? A Validation of Morin’s Meaning of Work Questionnaire

Abstract : Background: Considering the recent and current evolution of work and the work context, the meaning of work is becoming an increasingly relevant topic in research in the social sciences and humanities, particularly in psychology. In order to understand and measure what contributes to the meaning of work, Morin constructed a 30-item questionnaire that has become predominant and has repeatedly been used in research in occupational psychology and by practitioners in the field. Nevertheless, it has been validated only in part. Method: Meaning of work questionnaire was conducted in French with 366 people (51.3% of women; age: (M = 39.11, SD = 11.25); 99.2% of whom were employed with the remainder retired). Three sets of statistical analyses were run on the data. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis were conducted on independent samples. Results: The questionnaire described a five-factor structure. These dimensions (Success and Recognition at work and of work, α = .90; Usefulness, α = .88; Respect for work, α = .88; Value from and through work, α = .83; Remuneration, α = .85) are all attached to a general second-order latent meaning of work factor (α = .96). Conclusions: Validation of the scale, and implications for health in the workplace and career counseling practices, are discussed.
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Anne Pignault, Claude Houssemand. What Factors Contribute to the Meaning of Work? A Validation of Morin’s Meaning of Work Questionnaire. Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2021, 34, pp.2. ⟨10.1186/s41155-020-00167-4⟩. ⟨hal-03036773⟩

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