Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work

A. Kouvonen, M. Kivimäki, J. Vahtera, T. Oksanen, M. Elovainio, T. Cox, M. Virtanen, J. Pentti, Sara Jane MacLennan, R.G. Wilkinson

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Background: Prior studies on social capital and health have assessed social capital in residential neighbourhoods and communities, but the question whether the concept should also be applicable in workplaces has been raised. The present study reports on the psychometric properties of an 8-item measure of social capital at work. Methods: Data were derived from the Finnish Public Sector Study (N = 48,592) collected in 2000-2002. Based on face validity, an expert unfamiliar with the data selected 8 questionnaire items from the available items for a scale of social capital. Reliability analysis included tests of internal consistency, item-total correlations, and within-unit (interrater) agreement by rwg index. The associations with theoretically related and unrelated constructs were examined to assess convergent and divergent validity (construct validity). Criterion-related validity was explored with respect to self-rated health using multilevel logistic regression models. The effects of individual level and work unit level social capital were modelled on self-rated health. Results: The internal consistency of the scale was good (Cronbach's alpha = 0.88). The rwg index was 0.88, which indicates a significant within-unit agreement. The scale was associated with, but not redundant to, conceptually close constructs such as procedural justice, job control, and effort-reward imbalance. Its associations with conceptually more distant concepts, such as trait anxiety and magnitude of change in work, were weaker. In multilevel models, significantly elevated age adjusted odds ratios (ORs) of poor self-rated health (OR = 2.42, 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.24-2.61 for the women and OR = 2.99, 95% CI: 2.56-3.50 for the men) were observed for the employees in the lowest vs. highest quartile of individual level social capital. In addition, low social capital at the work unit level was associated with a higher likelihood of poor self-rated health. Conclusion: Psychometric techniques show our 8-item measure of social capital to be a valid tool reflecting the construct and displaying the postulated links with other variables. © 2006 Kouvonen et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Psychometrics
Health
Odds Ratio
Logistic Models
Confidence Intervals
Social Capital
Public Sector
Social Justice
Reward
Reproducibility of Results
Workplace
Anxiety

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • adult
  • aged
  • anxiety
  • article
  • confidence interval
  • controlled study
  • correlation analysis
  • criterion related validity
  • data analysis
  • female
  • health care
  • human
  • human experiment
  • job analysis
  • male
  • occupational health service
  • psychometry
  • questionnaire
  • reliability
  • self concept
  • social capital
  • classification
  • cultural anthropology
  • demography
  • employment
  • factorial analysis
  • Finland
  • information processing
  • instrumentation
  • methodology
  • middle aged
  • organization
  • psychological aspect
  • reward
  • social justice
  • social support
  • statistics
  • validation study
  • workplace, Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety
  • Culture
  • Data Collection
  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Employment
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Questionnaires
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Reward
  • Social Justice
  • Social Support
  • Workplace

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Kouvonen, A., Kivimäki, M., Vahtera, J., Oksanen, T., Elovainio, M., Cox, T., ... Wilkinson, R. G. (2006). Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work. BMC Public Health, 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-6-251

Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work. / Kouvonen, A.; Kivimäki, M.; Vahtera, J.; Oksanen, T.; Elovainio, M.; Cox, T.; Virtanen, M.; Pentti, J.; MacLennan, Sara Jane; Wilkinson, R.G.

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Kouvonen, A, Kivimäki, M, Vahtera, J, Oksanen, T, Elovainio, M, Cox, T, Virtanen, M, Pentti, J, MacLennan, SJ & Wilkinson, RG 2006, 'Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work' BMC Public Health, vol. 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-6-251
Kouvonen A, Kivimäki M, Vahtera J, Oksanen T, Elovainio M, Cox T et al. Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work. BMC Public Health. 2006;6. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-6-251
Kouvonen, A. ; Kivimäki, M. ; Vahtera, J. ; Oksanen, T. ; Elovainio, M. ; Cox, T. ; Virtanen, M. ; Pentti, J. ; MacLennan, Sara Jane ; Wilkinson, R.G. / Psychometric evaluation of a short measure of social capital at work. In: BMC Public Health. 2006 ; Vol. 6.
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