The Organizational Cynicism Scale: an Adaptation on the Russian-Speaking Sample



Objective. An adaptation of the Russian version of the Organizational Cynicism Scale, which has been used worldwide for more than twenty years.Background. Life in organizations is one of the most important aspects of human social life. The challenges of maintaining organizational resilience and a healthy organizational culture, as well as considering the needs of workers and respecting their personality and psychological well-being, require reliable, valid, convenient, and concise tools for assessing the working environment. The Organizational Cynicism Scale is one of the most authoritative methods for dealing with these problems.Study design. The study was conducted according to the correlation plan; the data was collected online using the service.Participants. The study sample included 424 respondents: 296 women (69,80%), 128 men (30,20%). Age from 19 to 84 years (Mage=40). Average experience of respondents — 16,76 years; predominantly Russian citizens (N=385; 90%), representatives of various professional fields.Measurements. We used the target methodology — the scale of organizational cynicism and auxiliary methodology — the scale of commitment to the office. EFA and CFA, examining reliability due to Cronbach’s alpha coefficient and correlation analysis were used. SPSS 19.0 and AMOS programs were used for data processing.Results. Good results of CFA have indicated the structure identical to the original one (three subscales — Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral aspects of organizational cynicism). The structural, convergent and partially content validity of the scale was confirmed. There were no gender differences in the scale scores; there is a negative age trend found.Conclusions. The Russian-language adaptation of the Organizational Cynicism Scale is a valid and reliable tool and can be recommended for solving various problems of organizational psychology.

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Keywords: organizational cynicism, questionnaire, adaptation of the questionnaire, validity, reliability, CFA, commitment to the office, organizational psychology

Journal rubric: Methodological Tools

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This research is supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE University.

Received: 28.02.2022


For citation: Pavlova M.V., Dzyubenko M.M., Nartova-Bochaver S.K. The Organizational Cynicism Scale: an Adaptation on the Russian-Speaking Sample. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2022. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 184–200. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2022130311. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Milada V. Pavlova, PHD student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Higher School of Economics University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Maria M. Dzyubenko, Senior Coordinator of Educational Programs, TalentCode Ltd; Master student at the Department of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Sofya K. Nartova-Bochaver, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Laboratory for the Psychology of Salutogenic Environment, Department of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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