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The Work Stress Questionnaire (WSQ) - Reliability and face validity among male workers

Journal article
Authors A. Frantz
Kristina Holmgren
Published in BMC Public Health
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 1580
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Pages 1580
Language en
Keywords Face validity, Men, Questionnaire, Reliability, Test retest, Work related stress
Subject categories Public health medicine research areas, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy


© 2019 The Author(s). Background: The Work Stress Questionnaire (WSQ) was developed as a self-administered questionnaire with the purpose of early identification of individuals at risk of being sick-listed due to work-related stress. It has previously been tested for reliability and face validity among women with satisfying results. The aim of the study was to test reliability and face validity of the Work Stress Questionnaire (WSQ) among male workers. Method: For testing reliability, a test-retest study was performed where 41 male workers filled out the questionnaire on two occasions at 2 weeks intervals. For evaluating face validity, seven male workers filled out the questionnaire and gave their opinions on the questions, scale steps and how the items corresponded to their perception of stress at work. Results: The WSQ was, for all but one item, found to be stable over time. The item Supervisor considers one's views showed a systematic disagreement, i.e. there was a change common to the group for this item. Face validity was confirmed by the male pilot group. Conclusion: Reliability and face validity of the WSQ was found to be satisfying when used on a male population. This indicates that the questionnaire can be used also for a male target group.

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