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The need for sense-making as a personal resource: Conceptualization and scale development

Cantarero, Katarzyna and Van Tilburg, Wijnand and Gąsiorowska, Agata and Wojciszke, Bogdan (2021) 'The need for sense-making as a personal resource: Conceptualization and scale development.' Current Psychology. ISSN 1046-1310

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We consider need for sense-making a personal resource and propose that people differ in their levels of this need. We present results of five studies (N = 879) that tested Need for Sense-Making Scale (NSM). The scale is unidimensional, highly reliable, and has satisfactory construct and criterion validity. Need for sense-making was moderately positively related to extroversion, openness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, and sense of control, while negatively related to neuroticism. There was an inverted U-shaped relationship between the need for sense-making and well-being. When individuals were presented with a meaningful task, searching for and presence of meaning sequentially mediate the relationship between need for sense-making and task performance. Need for sense-making predicts work engagement through searching for and presence of meaningful work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: need for sense-making, personal resource, meaningfulness, individual differences, work engagement
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 13:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 14:15

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