Perception of work reinforcer systems: Factor structure

Alexander P.W. Shubsachs, James B. Rounds, RenéV Dawis, Lloyd H. Lofquist

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The factor structure of 109 Occupational Reinforcer Patterns approximating the distribution of the employed labor force of the United States was investigated. These work-reinforcer systems, as perceived by almost 6000 raters, were found to be represented best by a three-factor solution. The factors were identified as a Self Reinforcement factor, an Environmental/Organizational reinforcement factor, and a Reinforcement via-Altruism factor. The factors were found to correspond to, respectively, the Achievement-Autonomy, Safety-Comfort, and Al-truism need factors of the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire. For these two measures utilized in the assessment of individual-environment correspondence, commensurate measurement-as required by person-environment fit theories-is possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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