Authenticity at Work: Development and Validation of an Individual Authenticity Measure at Work

Ralph van den Bosch*, Toon W. Taris

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Building on the work by Barrett-Lennard (Carl Rogers' helping system: Journey & substance. Sage, London 1998) and Wood et al. (J Couns Psychol 55:385-399 2008), this study describes the development and validation of a theory-based measure of state authenticity at work, the Individual Authenticity Measure at Work (IAM Work). Even though this construct is obviously relevant to the work context (e.g., as regards issues of work relations, leadership and well-being), none of the instruments currently available focuses on authenticity in the area of work and organizational psychology. A total sample of 646 participants was divided in two equal sized subsamples. Exploratory factor analysis supported the underlying tripartite construct of authenticity at work, resulting in the subscales authentic living, self-alienation, and accepting external influences. Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the tripartite construct and showed good psychometric properties of the state-focused measure of authenticity at work. Finally, correlation analysis showed that each subscale and the total score of authenticity was positively related to commonly used work outcomes such as job satisfaction, in-role performance, and work engagement. This study concludes that the IAM Work is a reliable and valid measure of state authenticity at work. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • Authenticity at work
  • Positive psychology
  • Scale development
  • Validation


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