Measurement and predictive invariance of a work-life boundary measure across gender

Natalie Wright – Shadow Health, Konstantin Kutschenko – Korn Ferry, Bryant A. Bush – Valdosta State University, Kelly Hannum – Aligned Impact LLC, Phillip W. Braddy

Summary

Pervasive gender norms influence the way in which men and women create and experience work-life boundaries and work-life conflict, which may lead to differing conceptions of work-life boundary management. Measurement equivalence/invariance (ME/I) and predictive invariance analyses were conducted on the WorkLife Indicator(TM) (WLI), a measure of work-life boundary management, to determine if men and women maintain similar conceptualizations of work-life boundary constructs and if work-life outcomes are predicted equally well by WLI scales across gender. Three of the five WLI scales exhibited ME/I; however, half of the WLI scale-criterion pairings failed to demonstrate predictive invariance. These results indicate that measurement and/or predictive invariance cannot be assumed when using work-life boundary assessments across gender.

Citation

Wright, N. A., Kutschenko, K., Bush, B. A., Hannum, K. M., & Braddy, P.W. (2015). Measurement and predictive invariance of a work-life boundary measure across gender. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 23(2), 131-148. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijsa.12102

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