Title: Construction and initial validation of a scale of attachment to work objects - WOAS

Authors: Liliane Rioux; Fabrizio Scrima; Dalel Bouzid

Addresses: Département de Psychologie, Université Paris Nanterre, 200 avenue de la République 92001, Nanterre, France ' Département de Psychologie, Université de Rouen Normandie, Place Emile Blondel 76130, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France ' Département Hygiène, sécurité et environnement, Université Paris13, Place du 8 mai 1945 93206, Saint-Denis Cedex, France

Abstract: This article presents the results of a series of five studies to construct and validate a Workplace Objects Attachment Scale (WOAS). In total, 851 people employed in various professional sectors (health, education or services) participated in five successive studies. A questionnaire of attachment to objects in the workplace was constructed, based on Scrima's (2015) research and taking a qualitative approach (Study 1). Study 2 revealed that the questionnaire has a unidimensional factor structure, which was confirmed by confirmatory factor analysis (Study 3). The questionnaire was shown to have good reliability, as evaluated by its temporal stability over a time span of 3 weeks (Study 4). As expected, we found positive links between the WOAS and the emotional dimensions of the Workplace Attachment Scale, Organizational Commitment Scale and Organizational Citizenship Behaviour scale, and a negative link between workplace object attachment and the intention to leave the organisation (Study 5).

Keywords: attachment to objects; reliability; scale; validity; workplace.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWE.2017.087807

International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 2017 Vol.4 No.3, pp.228 - 243

Received: 03 Mar 2017
Accepted: 05 Aug 2017

Published online: 02 Nov 2017 *

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