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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

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MULLER, Yolande  and  ROTHMANN, Sebastiaan. Sense of coherence and employees' perceptions of helping and restraining factors in an organisation. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1, pp. 89-98. ISSN 0258-5200.

The objectives of this study were to assess the construct validity and reliability of the 13-item version of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ) and to investigate whether employees with a strong sense of coherence perceived helping and restraining factors in their organisation differently to those with a weak sense of coherence. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The total population (N = 2 678) of employees in a financial institution in Gauteng participated in the study. The OLQ was administered and it showed acceptable reliability and construct validity. Individuals with high scores (n = 300) and those with low scores (n = 300) on sense of coherence differed regarding their perceptions of helping and restraining factors in their work and organisation.

Keywords : well-being; comprehensibility; manageability; meaningfulness; coherenc.

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