Validation of a Japanese Version of the Work Engagement Scale for Students

Jun Tayama*, Wilmar Schaufeli, Akihito Shimazu, Masanori Tanaka, Akari Takahama

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We sought to verify the reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale for Students (UWES-S-J). We examined 824 university students. We calculated the goodness of fit for a single-factor model and the three-factor model. The fit to the data was better for the three-factor than for the single-factor model, but all factors were highly positively correlated. Additionally, the UWES-S-J had good internal consistency and test–retest reliability. For the content validity, there were significant positive correlations between the UWES-S-J score and social support, a resilience scale, and subjective happiness. The UWES-S-J has good reliability and validity and may therefore be used to assess study engagement among Japanese students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-272
Number of pages11
JournalJapanese Psychological Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • resilience
  • social support
  • study engagement
  • subjective happiness
  • university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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