A Revision of the Job Diagnostic Survey: Elimination of a Measurement Artifact

Jacqueline R. Idaszak, Fritz Drasgow

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The dimensionality of the original Job Diagnostic Survey (JDS) and a revision were investigated. Factor analyses of two data sets identified six dimensions underlying the original JDS. Five of the factors correspond to the pattern expected for the JDS items; the sixth was identified as a measurement artifact. Five of the JDS items were subsequently rewritten to eliminate the artifact. The revised survey was administered to employees of a printing company (N = 134) and the a priori five-factor solution was obtained with no artifact factor. Scale-factor correlations were also computed. The resulting coefficients suggest that the revised JDS scales are measuring their underlying constructs with reasonable accuracy. As a result of the measurement artifact in the original JDS, it is recommended that the revised JDS should be used in future research concerned with task characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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