Meta-analysis of the reliability and validity of Part B of the index of work satisfaction across studies

George A. Zangaro, Karen L. Soeken

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Nurses' job satisfaction is a crucial factor in health care organizations. This study uses meta-analysis for reliability generalization and synthesis of construct validity of Part B of the Index of Work Satisfaction (IWS), a measure of job satisfaction. Meta-analysis was performed including assessments of study quality and descriptive coding of studies. Rater reliability was assessed for all coding and extraction of data. The mean reliability of Part B scores of the IWS based on 14 studies was .78 (df = 13, p < .05). The mean score reliability was .77 for university settings, .73 for community/acute care hospitals, .77 for multi-site studies, and .90 for other settings. For studies rated high and low quality, the mean score reliability was .77 and .83, respectively. Scores on Part B of the IWS correlated -.38 with turnover intent, .60 with organizational commitment, and -.53 with job stress. Scores on Part B of the IWS are reliable for measuring job satisfaction of nurses across samples. Construct validity needs additional testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-22
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Index of work satisfaction
  • Job satisfaction
  • Meta-analysis
  • Reliability generalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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