Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
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Job Descriptive Index

  • Filipa CastanheiraEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1565



The Job Descriptive Index (JDI) is a 72-item instrument designed to measure five dimensions of job satisfaction: satisfaction with supervision, coworkers, pay, promotional opportunities, and the work itself.


The Job Descriptive Index (JDI) was originally developed by Smith, Kendall, and Hulin (1969) to measure job satisfaction defined as “the feelings a worker has about his job” (p. 100). This instrument has been revised in 1985, 1997, and most recently in 2009.

Specifically, JDI measures five facets of job-related satisfaction: work itself, supervision, pay, promotions, and coworkers. Each scale includes a checklist of adjectives or adjective phrases, and respondents are asked to fill the blank beside each item as follows: “Y” (agreement), “N” (disagreement), and “?” (cannot decide). The original item pool was generated by means of extensive interviews with employees, content analyses of existing instruments, and content analyses...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nova School of Business and EconomicsNova University of LisbonLisbonPortugal