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Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a questionnaire measure of managerial stigma toward employee depression


Martin, A and Giallo, R, Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a questionnaire measure of managerial stigma toward employee depression, Stress and Health, 32, (5) pp. 621-628. ISSN 1532-2998 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/smi.2655


Managers' attitudes play a key role in how organizations respond to employees with depression. We examine the measurement properties of a questionnaire designed to assess managerial stigma towards employees with depression. Using data from a sample of 469 Australian managers representing a wide range of industries and work settings, we conducted a confirmatory factor analysis to assess three proposed subscales representing affective, cognitive and behavioural forms of stigma. Results were equivocal indicating acceptable fit for two-factor (affective and cognitive + behavioural), three-factor (affective, cognitive and behavioural) and higher order models. Failure to demonstrate the discriminant validity of the cognitive and behavioural dimensions, even though they are theoretically distinct, suggests that further work on the scale is warranted. These results provide an extension to the psychometric profile of this measure (exploratory factor analysis; Martin, 2010). Development of strategies to operationalize this construct will benefit occupational health research and practice, particularly in interventions that aim to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in the workplace or where managers' attitudes are a key mechanism in intervention efficacy. We encourage future research on this measure pertaining in particular to further enhancing all aspects of its construct validity. Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:depression; managers; stigma; return to work; confirmatory factor analysis
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health status (incl. wellbeing)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:103939
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-10-29
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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