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Table 3 Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA): factor loadings on five-factor structure

From: The quality of working life questionnaire for cancer survivors (QWLQ-CS): factorial structure, internal consistency, construct validity and reproducibility

Item No.a Items Factorsb
1 2 3 4 5
Subscale 1: Meaning of work (Cronbach’s α = 0.83)
1. Working gives me structure in my life 0.87 0.17 0.06 0.10 0.08
2. I think it is good to work 0.83 0.04 0.12 0.13 −0.01
3. I consider that my work gives me a goal in life 0.69 0.16 0.27 0.19 0.05
4. I consider my work important 0.67 0.30 0.27 0.10 0.11
Subscale 2: Perception of the work situation (α = 0.85)
5. I do my work well 0.13 0.82 0.09 0.07 0.05
6. I am self-confident in my work 0.12 0.81 0.13 0.08 0.19
7. I am suited to my work 0.22 0.80 0.19 0.09 0.08
8. I have control over the work I do 0.10 0.72 0.27 0.17 0.18
9. I feel powerless in my workc 0.07 0.52 0.39 0.27 0.30
Subscale 3: Atmosphere in the work environment (α = 0.86)
11. I have the feeling I am taken seriously by people in my working environment 0.07 0.20 0.78 0.34 0.09
13. I have good relations with my colleagues 0.16 0.09 0.76 0.17 −0.04
10. I feel there is a positive atmosphere in my working environment 0.21 0.18 0.73 0.22 0.07
14. I feel valuable to my colleagues 0.20 0.26 0.71 0.13 0.22
12. I am content with my work 0.22 0.40 0.55 0.23 0.16
Subscale 4: Understanding and recognition in the organization (α = 0.85)
18. I am content with the fringe benefits provided by my employer 0.10 0.18 0.12 0.78 0.01
15. My immediate superior understands my health situation and possible health problems 0.21 0.02 0.32 0.75 0.01
17. I consider that employees with health problems are treated well in my organization 0.01 0.07 0.22 0.74 0.14
19. I am content with my current income 0.12 0.13 0.04 0.67 0.14
16. I have good relations with my immediate superior 0.15 0.09 0.35 0.63 −0.01
Subscale 5: Problems due to the health situation (α = 0.84)
20. Because of my health situation I have problems in my work with fatigue and/or lack of energyc 0.02 0.03 0.05 0.13 0.84
21. I am limited in my work by my health situationc 0.04 0.16 0.02 0.07 0.81
22. Because of my health situation I have little trust in my own bodyc 0.08 0.11 0.07 −0.05 0.78
23. Because of my health situation I feel uncertain about the futurec 0.04 0.19 0.13 0.10 0.78
  1. aThe item numbers correspond with the order in the QWLQ-CS
  2. bHighest factor loading in bold
  3. cThese items have reversed scoring
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