Psychometric Properties of the Survey of Workplace Intimidation Instrument

Barbara L. Cannella, Claudia Anderson Beckmann

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Background and Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Survey of Workplace Intimidation (SWI), including content and construct validity, factor structure, and internal consistency. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study design was used for this study. The final sample consisted of 237 labor and delivery nurses who completed the SWI and the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI). Cronbach's alpha for the SWI was .930. Results: Content validity was obtained and the scale content validity index (S-CVI) was .943. Convergent validity was calculated by comparing the SWI with the PES-NWI, and the result was .408 ( p = .01). A factor analysis explained 61% of the variance and resulted in two factors: prescriber behaviors and nurses' responses to prescribers' behaviors. Conclusions: The SWI demonstrated acceptable reliability and validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E52-E60
JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


  • Content validity.
  • Convergent validity
  • Factor analysis.
  • Intimidation.


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