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The validation of the Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire in selected organisations in South Africa

Johanna H. Buitendach, Sebastiaan Rothmann
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 7, No 1 | a183 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v7i1.183 | © 2009 Johanna H. Buitendach, Sebastiaan Rothmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 January 2009 | Published: 20 April 2009

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Johanna H. Buitendach, University of Namibia, Namibia
Sebastiaan Rothmann, North-West University, South Africa

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The objectives of this study were to assess the construct equivalence of the Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ), and to investigate the manifestation of job satisfaction at selected organisations in South Africa. A cross-sectional survey design with a random sample (N = 474) was used. The MSQ and a biographical questionnaire were administered. The results confirmed a two-factor model of job satisfaction, consisting of extrinsic job satisfaction and intrinsic job satisfaction. Exploratory factor analysis with target rotations conf rmed the construct equivalence of scales for the black and white groups. The results obtained from comparing job satisfaction levels of various demographic groups showed that practically significant differences existed between the job satisfaction of different age and race groups.


job satisfaction; happiness; positive emotional reactions; positive attitude; well-being


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