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Revista Digital de Investigación en Docencia Universitaria

versión On-line ISSN 2223-2516


GUERRA DIAZ, Felipe  y  JORQUERA GUTIERREZ, Ricardo. Psychometric analysis of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale in the UWES-17S and UWES-9S versions in chilean university students. Rev. Digit. Invest. Docencia Univ. [online]. 2021, vol.15, n.2, e1542. ISSN 2223-2516.


The UWES is one of the most widely used instruments in the world to measure academic engagement. Objective: The objective of this study was to describe and compare the psychometric properties of the UWES 17S and the UWES 9S in Chilean university students.


541 students from a Chilean university participated, who voluntarily entered the indicated instruments. 61.6% of them were in the first year and 38.4% were at higher levels.


When comparing seven structural models, the best fit indicators were found in the UWES 9S according to a three-factor model and a bifactor model (X2/df=2.316; CFI=.977; TLI=.952; RMSEA=.071). The UWES 9S showed McDonald’s ω reliability indicators between .67 and .83 in its three factors, also demonstrating the invariance of its three-factor structure according to sex and at different levels of study.


It is concluded that the UWES 9S has adequate psychometric properties that would support its use to measure academic commitment in Chilean university students.

Palabras clave : uwes; engagement; academic commitment; university students; psychometric properties.

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