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Einar de Croon

Frank van Dijk

Nathalie Hugenholtz

Karen Nieuwenhuijsen

Monique Loo

Suzanne Lagerveld

Annet de Lange


 

Werk, werk en nog eens werk: Over de conceptualisering, oorzaken en gevolgen van werkverslaving

verschenen als T. Taris & W. Schaufeli (2003), Werk, werk en nog eens werk: Over de conceptualisering, oorzaken en gevolgen van werkverslaving. De Psycholoog, 38, 506-512.

Correspondentieadres: Dr. T.W. Taris, KU Nijmegen, sectie Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie, postbus 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen. Telefoon 024-3612639, email t.taris@psych.kun.nl.

 

The present study reviews current knowledge on workaholism, taken as an inner drive to work hard. Various paradigms for studying workaholism are discussed, as are the most important instruments to measure workaholism. The evidence regarding the presumed causes and consequences of workaholism shows that workaholics report more problems in the home domain than others (but there seems no association with divorce rates). Workaholics work longer, but are not necessarily more productive than others; workaholics also report relatively high levels of work stress and stress-related health complaints. We conclude that more research on workaholism may enhance our understanding on the relationships between personality, work stress, and health. To consummate this potential fully, however, integration of present perspectives and longitudinal research designs are indispensable.

Key words:      workaholism, review, addiction, commitment, motivation

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