Work engagement in Japan: Validation of the Japanese version of the utrecht work engagement scale

A. Shimazu, W. B. Schaufeli, S. Kosugi, A. Suzuki, H. Nashiwa, A. Kato, M. Sakamoto, H. Irimajiri, S. Amano, K. Hirohata, R. Goto, K. Kitaoka-Higashiguchi

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The purpose of this study was to validate the Japanese version of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES-J). Employees from three independent samples completed the questionnaire (total N = 2,334). Confirmatory factor analyses using the multiple-group method revealed that, instead of the original three-factor model, a one-factor model that assumes that all engagement items load on one single factor fitted the data. Moreover, the one-factor structure was invariant across all three samples. Internal consistency of the scale was sufficiently high (α =.92) and the test-retest reliability with an interval of two months was.66. A series of second-order confirmatory factor analyses to examine construct validity confirmed the hypothesised model, indicating that work engagement was positively related to job satisfaction whereas it was negatively related to strain and burnout. However, as in previous studies, professional efficacy, a component of burnout, loaded on the engagement factor. These results, in general, suggest the reliability (internal consistency and stability), factorial invariance, and construct validity of the UWES-J in three independent samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-523
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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