Measuring eudemonic well-being at work: a validation study for the 24-item The University of Tokyo Occupational Mental Health well-being scale among Japanese workers

Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kotaro Imamura, Akiomi Inoue, Yasumasa Otsuka, Akihito Shimazu, Hisashi Eguchi, Hidehiko Adachi, Asuka Sakuraya, Yuka Kobayashi, Hideaki Arima, Norito Kawakami

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Although the eudemonic perspective seems to be a promising in considering vocational identity among working population, well-being at work has been discussed primarily in terms of subjective/hedonic well-being. This study aimed to develop a new tool to measure eudemonic well-being at work and investigate its validity in a collectivist culture. Two online surveys were conducted with a total of 1,760 workers in Japan. We created 89 potential items from existing scales. An exploratory factor analysis indicated eight factors for the dimensions of measurement. After item selection based on item response theory, the factor structure with three items from each of the eight dimensions indicated an excellent fit for another sample. Cronbach's α and intra-class coefficients ranged from 0.671 to 0.845. The scores of the tool were more strongly associated with subjective well-being in the work context rather than well-being in general. In addition, the participants in the group demonstrating a higher risk for mental illness and a more stressful work environment indicated significantly lower scores, even after adjusting for general eudemonic well-being. The new measurement may be useful both for academic and practical applications for measuring eudemonic well-being at work, independent from general eudemonic well-being.

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JournalIndustrial Health
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2019

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Watanabe, Kazuhiro ; Imamura, Kotaro ; Inoue, Akiomi ; Otsuka, Yasumasa ; Shimazu, Akihito ; Eguchi, Hisashi ; Adachi, Hidehiko ; Sakuraya, Asuka ; Kobayashi, Yuka ; Arima, Hideaki ; Kawakami, Norito. / Measuring eudemonic well-being at work : a validation study for the 24-item The University of Tokyo Occupational Mental Health well-being scale among Japanese workers. In: Industrial Health. 2019.
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