Psychometric properties of the polish version of the Job-related Affective Well-being Scale

Beata A. Basińska, Ewa Gruszczyńska, Wilmar B. Schaufeli

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Material and Methods: Two independent samples were analyzed (police officers, N = 395, and police recruits, N = 202). The Polish version of the original, 20-item, JAWS was used to measure job-related affective states across the past month (van Katwyk et al., 2000). This version of JAWS includes 2 dimensions: valence and arousal, which allow to assess 4 categories of emotions: low-arousal positive emotions, high-arousal positive emotions, low-arousal negative emotions and high-arousal negative emotions.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to verify psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Job-related Affective Well-being Scale (JAWS). Specifically, theoretical 4-factor structure (based on the dimensions of pleasure and arousal) and reliability of the original — 20-item JAWS (van Katwyk et al., 2000) and the shortened — 12-item (Schaufeli and Van Rhenen, 2006) versions were tested.

Results: The results of multidimensional scaling analysis showed that the theoretical circumplex model of emotions underlining JAWS was satisfactorily reproduced. Also the hypothesized 4-factor structure of the Polish version of JAWS was confirmed. The 12-item version had better fit with the data than the original, 20-item, version, but the best fit was obtained for the even shorter, 8-item version. This version emerged from a multidimensional scaling of the 12-item version. Reliabilities of the 20- and 12-item versions were good, with lower values for the 8-item JAWS version.

Conclusions: The findings confirmed satisfactory psychometric properties of both Polish versions of the Job-related Affective Well-being Scale. Thus, when both psychometric properties and relevance for cross-cultural comparisons are considered, the 12-item JAWS is recommended as a version of choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1004
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Arousal
  • Circumplex of emotions
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Job-related affective well-being scale
  • Multidimensional scaling
  • Well-being


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