Evidence of construct validity for work values

Melanie E. Leuty, Jo Ida C. Hansen

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Despite the importance of work values in the process of career adjustment (Dawis, 2002), little empirical research has focused on articulating the domains represented within the construct of work values and the examination of evidence of validity for the construct has been limited. Furthermore, the larger number of work values measures has made it difficult to determine the key domains that constitute the construct. The current study sought to examine multiple measures of work values to understand domains represented within the construct of work values and to establish evidence of validity for these domains. Principal Components Analysis utilizing scores on the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire (Rounds, Henley, Dawis, Lofquist, & Weiss, 1981), the revised edition of Super's Work Values Inventory (SWVI-R; Zytowski, 2006), and Manhardt's Work Values Inventory (Manhardt, 1972) found that six components best explained the data. These components reflected the importance of: the working environment, having challenging work, opportunities for status and income, autonomy, organizational support, and relationships. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-390
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partially supported by the E.K. Strong Jr. Memorial Fellowship awarded to the first author.


  • Evaluation of assessments
  • Validity
  • Work values


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