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Work environment impact scale: Testing the psychometric properties of the Swedish version
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
University of Illinois at Chicago.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2014 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 47, no 2, 213-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Work Environment Impact Scale (WEIS) is an assessment that focuses on the fit between a person and his or her work environment. It is based on Kielhofner’s Model of Human Occupation and designed to gather information on how clients experience their work environment.

The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the WEIS assessment instrument.

In total, 95 ratings on the 17-item WEIS were obtained from a sample of clients with experience of sick leave due to different medical conditions. Rasch analysis was used to analyze the data. 

Overall, the WEIS items together cohered to form a single construct of increasingly challenging work environmental factors. The hierarchical ordering of the items along the continuum followed a logical and expected pattern, and the participants were validly measured by the scale. The three occupational therapists serving as raters validly used the scale, but demonstrated a relatively high rater separation index, indicating differences in rater severity.  

The findings provide evidence that the Swedish version of the WEIS is a psychometrically sound assessment across diagnoses and occupations, which can provide valuable information about experiences of work environment challenges.

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IOS Press, 2014. Vol. 47, no 2, 213-219 p.
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vocational rehabilitation, assessment, Model of Human Occupation (MOHO), occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105301DOI: 10.3233/WOR-121574ISI: 000332479000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105301DiVA: diva2:705447
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