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The vocation identity questionnaire: Measuring the sense of calling

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The Vocation Identity Questionnaire (VIQ), a 9-item scale, was developed to measure people's sense of calling, the extent to which they find joy and meaning in their life's work, including both paid and unpaid occupations. Criteria were based on Reformation descriptions of vocation supported by studies on intrinsic motivation, flow, perceived significance, and work satisfaction. The VIQ and the Work-Life Questionnaire were administered to 86 faculty and staff at a private California university. Preliminary findings indicate high internal consistency and validity for the VIQ. Implications for future research are discussed in this chapter. Vocation in the Reformation meant more than paid employment within an occupational structure, a category that excludes much of the daily work that sustains a culture. The Vocation Identity Questionnaire (VIQ) was designed to measure this sense of vocation.

Keywords: California university; Vocation Identity Questionnaire (VIQ); Work-Life Questionnaire



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