Work as meaning inventory: psychometric properties and additional evidence of the Brazilian version




Labour, Professional development, Psychometrics


Meaningful work promotes the professional development of individuals and organizations. This study aimed to translate, adapt, and present additional evidence of the validity of the Work as Meaning Inventory – WAMI for the Brazilian population. It addressed 2,111 workers (67% women) aged between 18 and 77. The results indicate that the inventory’s Brazilian version has a linguistic structure appropriate to the Brazilian Portuguese and satisfactory goodness of fit indices for the one-factor structure, in addition to invariance across sexes. Additionally, evidence of external convergent validity was found with life satisfaction and job satisfaction, which was negative for exhaustion. The conclusion is that meaningful work benefits the well being of workers and organizations. Thus, we recommend that this adapted version be used in the Brazilian context, as it meets the psychometric requirements for adapting instruments across cultures.


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Author Biographies

Lilian Gazzoli Zanotelli, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo,Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

Ph.D. of the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória-ES, Brazil.

Alexsandro Luiz de Andrade, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

Professor of the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória-ES, Brazil.

Julia Mulinari Peixoto, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo

Ph.D. Student of the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória-ES, Brazil.


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How to Cite

Zanotelli, L. G., Andrade, A. L. de, & Peixoto, J. M. (2022). Work as meaning inventory: psychometric properties and additional evidence of the Brazilian version. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 32, e3225.



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