Measuring empowerment in working life: a review
2006 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 26, no 1, 37-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study identifies and describes questionnaires that measure empowerment in working life. Theoretical bases and empirical examination of the questionnaires are also reported. Nine questionnaires emerged from a database search including AMED, CINAHL, ERIC, MEDLINE and PSYCINFO. The main target groups were employees in general. Most authors share the same theoretical basis. Most of the questionnaires focus on intra- individual issues, while a smaller number deal with the interaction between individual and organization. Control and competence are frequently used dimensions. Cronbach's alpha for complete questionnaires ranged between 0.62 and 0.96. No comparisons with outcome of health were reported. Spreitzer's questionnaire  has undergone the most comprehensive investigation. Research is required to achieve better understanding of the interplay between conditions at work and empowerment and health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 26, no 1, 37-46 p.
Empowerment; Health promotion; Measurement; Working life; Workplace health promotion
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21811PubMedID: 16373978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21811DiVA: diva2:241753