Using the Job-Related Affective Well-Being Scale (JAWS) to investigate affective responses to work stressors

J Occup Health Psychol. 2000 Apr;5(2):219-30. doi: 10.1037//1076-8998.5.2.219.


Prior research linking job stressors to psychological strains has been limited to a small number of emotional reactions. This article describes research linking job stressors to a wide range of affective states at work. In Study 1, a multidimensional scaling procedure was used on a matrix of similarity judgments by 51 employees of 56 job-related affective statements to support a 2-dimensional view of affective well-being. In Study 2, ratings of the affect statements by 100 employees further supported the contention that the dimensions were pleasure-displeasure and degree of arousal. In Study 3, 114 full-time university employees responded to the Job-Related Affective Well-Being Scale, which was found to be related to measures of job stressors as well as job satisfaction and physical symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires