Introducing the latent and manifest benefits of employment (LAMB) scale

Muller, J. J. and Creed, P. A. and Waters, L. and Machin, M. A. (2003) Introducing the latent and manifest benefits of employment (LAMB) scale. In: 5th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference 2003: Advancing Creative Solutions in Science and Practice, 26-29 Jun 2003, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Theorists have argued the importance of the latent and manifest benefits of employment and their relationship with psychological well-being. Although many studies have examined these variables, there has been little consistency in the range of measures used. Two previous specific measures have been found to be inadequate or unreliable. To date, no one scale adequately measures all five latent functions and the manifest function. The aim of this study is to (a) develop a scale that measures both the manifest and latent benefits of employment, and (b) develop a scale that satisfies professional standards for psychometric adequacy. The study was conducted using a three-phase development and testing procedure. In Phase 1, in-depth interviews and experts were used in the item generation process. In Phase 2, item analysis, inter-item and item total correlations were examined and remaining items were subjected to a series of three principal axis factor analyses. A 36-item scale, with six homogenous and reliable scales, was then administered and subjected to a confirmatory factor analysis in Phase 3. Participants were 33 males and females who had experienced substantial period of unemployment in the previous 12 months (Phase 1); 307 unemployed males and females (Phase 2); and 250 unemployed males and females (Phase 3). As a result, a reliable and valid 36-item Latent and Manifest Benefits (LAMB) scale was developed. Information gained from this scale can be used to better target interventions for the unemployed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 06:16
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/11291

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