Organization of Work: Generic Job Stress Questionnaire

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NIOSH Generic Job Stress Questionnaire

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ID = 088

Content Area(s)

  • Job content
  • Job control
  • Job demands (or expectations)
  • Social supports / relations
  • Teamwork
  • Work schedules (work hours)
  • Job (in)security
  • Role strain (or uncertainty)

Instrument Type


Occupation and Sector Specificity

Occupation(s): Generic

Sector(s): Generic

Name and Size of Work Organization and/or Workplace Psychosocial Measures

Alternative opportunities (3 items)

Decision control (4 items)

Intergroup conflict (8 items)

Intragroup conflict (7 items)

Job future ambiguity (4 items)

Job satisfaction (3 items)

Mental demands (5 items)

Perceived control (12 items)

Quantitative workload 1 (3 items)

Quantitative workload 2 (5 items)

Resource control (2 items)

Responsibility for people (4 items)

Role ambiguity (4 items)

Role conflict (5 items)

Skill underutilization (3 items)

Social support from co-workers (3 items)

Supervisory social support (2 items)

Task control (4 items)

Workload variance (2 items)

Other Content Areas Included in the Instrument

Mental health measures (2 items)

Personality measures (1 item)

Social support from relatives (1 item)

Developmental Status of the Instrument

Instrument used widely; well-defined properties.


Original: English

Other: Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Reliability and Validity Information (or Relevant Citation)

Scale measures were chosen from the literature based upon previously documented reliability and validity.

Selected Reference

Hurrell JJ Jr. & McLaney MA (1988) Exposure to job stress- A new psychometric instrument. Scand J Work Environ Health, 14:27-27.

Accessibility of the Instrument

Public Domain

User Fees


Where to Obtain a Copy of the Instrument

NIOSH Generic Job Stress Questionaire.pdfpdf icon [PDF 191 KB, 38 pages]

Rationale For Niosh Generic Job Stress Questionnaire.pdfpdf icon [PDF 87 KB, 4 pages]

Scoring Key for NIOSH Generic Job Stress Questionaire.pdfpdf icon [PDF 165 KB, 36 pages]

Page last reviewed: June 14, 2017