The Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES): psychometric properties of a new tool for epidemiological studies among waged and salaried workers

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Vives A, Amable M, Ferrer M, Moncada S, Llorens C, Muntaner C, Benavides F G, Benach J. The Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES): psychometric properties of a new tool for epidemiological studies among waged and salaried workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010; 67: 548-555. DOI 10.1136/oem.2009.048967
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dc.contributor.author Vives Vergara, Alejandra
dc.contributor.author Amable, Marcelo
dc.contributor.author Ferrer Monés, Montserrat
dc.contributor.author Moncada, Salvador
dc.contributor.author Llorens Serrano, Clara
dc.contributor.author Muntaner, Carles
dc.contributor.author Benavides, Fernando G. (Fernando García)
dc.contributor.author Benach, Joan
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-09T11:26:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-09T11:26:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Vives A, Amable M, Ferrer M, Moncada S, Llorens C, Muntaner C, Benavides F G, Benach J. The Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES): psychometric properties of a new tool for epidemiological studies among waged and salaried workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010; 67: 548-555. DOI 10.1136/oem.2009.048967
dc.identifier.issn 1351-0711
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/16213
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite the fact that labour market flexibility has resulted in an expansion of precarious employment in industrialized countries, to date there is limited empirical evidence about its health consequences. The Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES) is a newly developed, theory-based, multidimensional questionnaire specifically devised for epidemiological studies among waged and salaried workers. Objective: To assess acceptability, reliability and construct validity of EPRES in a sample of waged and salaried workers in Spain. Methods: Cross-sectional study, using a sub-sample of 6.968 temporary and permanent workers from a population-based survey carried out in 2004-2005. The survey questionnaire was interviewer administered and included the six EPRES subscales, measures of the psychosocial work environment (COPSOQ ISTAS21), and perceived general and mental health (SF-36). Results: A high response rate to all EPRES items indicated good acceptability; Cronbach’s alpha coefficients, over 0.70 for all subscales and the global score, demonstrated good internal consistency reliability; exploratory factor analysis using principal axis analysis and varimax rotation confirmed the six-subscale structure and the theoretical allocation of all items. Patterns across known groups and correlation coefficients with psychosocial work environment measures and perceived health demonstrated the expected relations, providing evidence of construct validity. Conclusions: Our results provide evidence in support of the psychometric properties of EPRES, which appears to be a promising tool for the measurement of employment precariousness in public health research.
dc.description.sponsorship Alejandra Vives is supported by Programme Alβan, the European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin America, scolarship nºE06D103150CL. This study was partially funded by the Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria (Health Research Fund) of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Spanish Health Ministry, PI031499).
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group
dc.rights (c) BMJ Publishing Group
dc.subject.other Treball precari -- Espanya
dc.subject.other Ocupació -- Espanya -- Estadístiques
dc.subject.other Salut en el treball -- Espanya
dc.title The Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES): psychometric properties of a new tool for epidemiological studies among waged and salaried workers
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oem.2009.048967
dc.subject.keyword Precarious employment
dc.subject.keyword Employment precariousness
dc.subject.keyword Validity
dc.subject.keyword Temporary employment
dc.subject.keyword Perceived health
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/submittedVersion


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