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Nathan Bowling, Ph.D. (Advisor); David Lahuis, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Corey Miller, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


Researchers previously gave considerable attention to role overload as a predictor of employee health, job attitudes, and behavior. However, the validity and conceptualization of role overload measures have been questioned and show inconsistent results. In response to the issues with role overload measures, the researcher developed a new measure of total role overload, consisting of two work related dimensions, qualitative and quantitative. These dimensions were crossed with “data people and things” to provide diagnostic ability and one non-work-related dimension of family role overload to contextualize the individual’s life. The researcher conducted three studies to examine the psychometric qualities of the new scale. Across these three studies, it was demonstrated that the new role overload scale had desirable psychometric qualities including that it displayed higher levels of substantive validity than previous versions, had high levels of internal consistency, produced an interpretable four factor structure, and evidence of construct validity was found.

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Department or Program

Department of Psychology

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