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A Consensus Method for Updating Psychosocial Measures Used in NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations

Wiegand, Douglas M. PhD; Chen, Peter Y. PhD; Hurrell, Joseph J. Jr PhD; Jex, Steve PhD; Nakata, Akinori PhD; Nigam, Jeannie A. MS; Robertson, Michelle PhD, CPE; Tetrick, Lois E. PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 3 - p 350–355
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182440a04
Original Articles

Objective: An expert panel was convened to select practical, valid psychosocial measures for use during National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health field investigations.

Methods: A taxonomy of psychosocial constructs was developed using existing taxonomies and criteria regarding the malleability, actionability, and validity of constructs. Panel members identified measures for each construct based on their expertise and experience. Measures were selected on the basis of the following criteria: practicality, brevity, validity, availability of existing data, and lack of confounds between psychosocial constructs and outcomes.

Results: The panel came to a consensus in recommending 24 measures representing 22 constructs.

Conclusions: It is important that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health regularly evaluates its methodologies to ensure it is in line with current best practices. The measures identified will be used modularly in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health fieldwork depending on the nature of the evaluation request, industry type, and worker population.

From the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (Dr Wiegand), School of Management (Dr Chen), University of South Australia (Dr Hurrell), City West Campus, Adelaide, Australia; Department of Psychology (Dr Jex), Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada; Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio; Division of Applied Research and Technology (Dr Nakata and Ms Nigam), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio; Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (Dr Robertson), Boston, Mass; and Department of Psychology (Dr Tetrick), George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Address correspondence to: Douglas M. Wiegand, PhD, NIOSH/DSHEFS/HETAB, 4676 Columbia Parkway (MS R-10), Cincinnati, OH 45226 (

Disclosure: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine