Special section: Community resourcing

Analysis of responses to work-home interaction as measured by the SWING

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 3, 2015 , pages: 224–234
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1065057
Author(s): Carin HillDepartment of Industrial Psychology and People Management, South Africa

Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to analyse the responses of the Survey Work-home Interaction-Nijmegen – (SWING) using the Rasch measurement model. A quantitative, cross-sectional research design was used. Paper-and-pencil copies of the SWING were distributed to heterosexual working couples that lived in the greater Gauteng region in South Africa (n = 318; females = 50%; age range 25 to 65, Black Africans = 35%, various work sectors). The main findings of this study indicate that work-home interaction is a multidimensional construct that can validly be measured by the four SWING subscales: (1) negative work-home interaction; (2) positive work-home interaction; (3) negative home-work interaction; and (4) positive work-home interaction. Further validation work should seek to develop shorter and more efficient measures of SWING subscales.

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