New publication on the Burnout Assessment Tool

The current study aimed to validate the Japanese version of the Burnout Assessment Tool (BAT-J), a new burnout measure. The two-wave survey, using registered monitors, was conducted in May 2018 (N = 1,032) and June 2018 (N = 498). We examined the factorial validity of the BATJ core symptoms (BAT-JC) and BAT-J secondary symptoms (BAT-JS), as well as their reliability (internal consistency and test–retest reliability) and construct validity. Factorial validity was examined using confirmatory factor analyses and exploratory structural equation modeling bifactor analyses. Convergent and discriminant validity were examined using multitrait–multimethod frameworks well as the average variance explained. Exploratory structural equation modeling bifactor solutions for the BAT-JC, BAT-JS, and BAT-J demonstrated the best fit to the data. They also indicated that the general factor accounted for over two-thirds of the common variance explained. Internal consistency and test–retest reliability were confirmed. Convergent and internal discriminant validity of the BAT-JC were confirmed vis-à-vis burnout, as assessed with the Maslach Burnout Inventory – General Survey. Moreover, external discriminant validity of the BAT-J was demonstrated for work engagement and workaholism. Finally, both BAT scales showed significant positive relationships with job demands and turnover intention. All validity results were in line with the Job Demands–Resources model. The results of the current study provide the first evidence for the BAT-J’s reliability and factorial and construct validity (download full article).