Open-Source Psychometrics Project
Protestant Work Ethic Scale
This is an interactive version of the Protestant Work Ethic Scale.
The Protestant Work Ethic is a concept coined by the sociologist Max Weber in 1905. He hypothesized that Northern European countries were more economically productive than Southern European ones because their Protestantism promoted the values of labor and discipline, in contrast with Catholicism which valued ceremony and confession. The PWE was originally conceived as a property of culture, but in the 1960s some psychologists tried to study it on an individual level. The Protestant Work Ethic Scale was published in 1971 by Herbert Mirels and James Garret for use in this line of research.
The test has 19 statements of opinion that you must rate on a five point scale of how much you agree with each. It should take most people 4-6 minutes to complete.
This test is provided for educational use only. It should not be used as psychological advice of any kind and comes without any guarantee of accuracy or fitness for any particular purpose. Also, your responses may be recorded and anonymously used for research or otherwise distributed.
Mirels, H. L., & Garrett, J. B. (1971).
The Protestant Ethic as a personality variable
. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 36(1), 40-44.
Weber, M. (1905). The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Scribners: New York.
Furnham, A. (1984).
The protestant work ethic: A review of the psychological literature
. European Journal of Social Psychology, 14(1), 87-104.
Updated: 30 December 2019
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