The second version of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire

Scand J Public Health. 2010 Feb;38(3 Suppl):8-24. doi: 10.1177/1403494809349858.


Aims: The aim of the present paper is to present the development of the second version of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ II).

Methods: The development of COPSOQ II took place in five main steps: (1) We considered practical experience from the use of COPSOQ I, in particular feedback from workplace studies where the questionnaire had been used; (2) All scales concerning workplace factors in COPSOQ I were analyzed for differential item functioning (DIF) with regard to gender, age and occupational status; (3) A test version of COPSOQ II including new scales and items was developed and tested in a representative sample of working Danes between 20 and 59 years of age. In all, 3,517 Danish employees participated in the study. The overall response rate was 60.4%; (4) Based on psychometric analyses, the final questionnaire was developed; and (5) Criteria-related validity of the new scales was tested.

Results: The development of COPSOQ II resulted in a questionnaire with 41 scales and 127 items. New scales on values at the workplace were introduced including scales on Trust, Justice and Social inclusiveness. Scales on Variation, Work pace, Recognition, Work-family conflicts and items on offensive behaviour were also added. New scales regarding health symptoms included: Burnout, Stress, Sleeping troubles and Depressive symptoms. In general, the new scales showed good criteria validity. All in all, 57% of the items of COPSOQ I were retained in COPSOQ II.

Conclusions: The COPSOQ I concept has been further developed and new validated scales have been included.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burnout, Professional / etiology
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Denmark
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology
  • Social Class
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Surveys and Questionnaires* / standards
  • Workload / psychology
  • Workplace / psychology*