n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Measuring work-home interaction : a validation of the Survey Work-Home Interaction Nijmegen (SWING) instrument




The objectives of this study were to validate the Survey Work-Home Interaction - Nijmegen (SWING), to assess its item bias and construct equivalence for different language groups; and to analyse the differences in workhome interaction among various demographic groups of workers. A eross-sectional survey design was used. Random samples (n = 326) were taken of workers employed in the eanhmoving equipment industry in eight provinces of South Africa. An exploratory factor analysis showed that the SWING consists of four factors, namely Negative Work-Home Interference, Negative Home-Work Interference, Positive Work-Home Interference, and Positive Home-Work Interference. The four factors showed acceptable internal consistencies. No evidence was found for uniform or non-uniform bias of the items of the SWING for different language groups. Exploratory factor analysis with target rotations confirmed the construct equivalence of the work-home interaction construct. Males experienced practically significant higher negative Work-Home Interference than females.


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