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The validation of the Utrecht work engagement scale for emergency medical technicians in Gauteng

JLP Naudé, S Rothmann
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 7, No 3 | a1356 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v7i3.1356 | © 2004 JLP Naudé, S Rothmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 April 2004 | Published: 08 April 2004

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JLP Naudé, Workwell: Research Unit for people, policy and perf North-west Univ
S Rothmann, School of Behavioural Sciences, NWU, South Africa

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The objectives of this study were to validate the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) for emergency medical technicians in the Gauteng Province of South Africa and to determine its construct equivalence and bias for different language groups. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a convenient sample (N = 318) of emergency medical technicians in Gauteng. The UWES and a biographical questionnaire were administered. A two-factor model of work engagement, consisting of Vigour/Dedication and Absorption was found. Exploratory factor analysis with target rotations confirmed the construct equivalence of the work engagement construct for white and black employees.


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