This study examines the psychometric properties of a new multidimensional job insecurity measure (JIM) by O'Neill and Sevastos in a Chinese context. Overall, the results corroborate the construct validity, reliability and criterion‐related validity of the JIM. Based on the results of the exploratory factor analysis, the new scale has 15 items and three items were removed from the dimensions of job loss and job change because of differences in culture and understanding between Chinese and Western employees. Additionally, the relationship between job insecurity and theoretically viable antecedents (three different types of conflicts) and outcomes (i.e., job satisfaction and counterproductive work behaviour) were also examined, and the results show that the three conflicts are effective predictors of job insecurity and job insecurity is predictor of outcomes variables. All findings show that this new JIM is more parsimonious and more effective in assessing job insecurity in the Chinese context.
Bibliographical noteThis study was supported by National Natural Science Fund of China (grant no. 31471002), ‘Dongyue Scholar’ Fund of Shandong Normal University, Young People of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education of China (grant/award no. 17YJC880132), the Graduate Enterprise Program of China (grant/award no. 201610445184, 201710445187), Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province of China (grant/award no. ZR2014CM033), Key R &D program in Shandong Province of China (grant/award no. 2015GSF120015), Domestic Visiting Scholar Program of Shandong Normal University (grant/award no. SDVUDVS 2018), Key technology projects of Shengli Oilfield Administration China (grant/award no. GKS1701) and Young People of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education of China (grant/award no. 15YJC190006).
- Chinese context
- antecedents and outcomes
- criterion-related validity
- job insecurity measure