Psychosocial risk assessment in organizations: concurrent validity of the brief version of the Management Standards Indicator Tool
Houdmont, Jonathan and Randall, Raymond and Kerr, Robert and Addley, Ken (2013) Psychosocial risk assessment in organizations: concurrent validity of the brief version of the Management Standards Indicator Tool. Work and Stress, 27 (4). pp. 403-412. ISSN 0267-8373
The Management Standards Indicator Tool (MSIT) is a 35-item self-report measure of the psychosocial work environment designed to assist organizations with psychosocial risk assessment. It is also used in work environment research. Edwards and Webster presented a 25-item version of the MSIT based on the deletion of items having a factor loading of < .65. Stress theory and research suggest that psychosocial hazard exposures may result in harm to the health of workers. Thus, using data collected from three UK organizations (N = 20,406) we compared the concurrent validity of the brief and full versions of the MSIT by exploring the strength of association between each version of the instrument and a measure of psychological wellbeing (GHQ-12 and Maslach Burnout Inventory). Analyses revealed that the brief instrument offered similar but not always equal validity to that of the full version. The results indicate that use of the brief instrument, which would be less disruptive for employees, would not elevate the risk of false negative or false positive findings in risk assessment.
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