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New method to measure work addiction
Date:4/23/2012

, particularly when it comes to facilitating treatment and estimating prevalence of work addiction in the general population worldwide, according to Andreassen.

About the scale: Seven basic criteria

The Bergen Work Addiction Scale uses seven basic criteria to identify work addiction, where all items are scored on the following scale: (1) Never, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Always:

  • You think of how you can free up more time to work.

  • You spend much more time working than initially intended.

  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression.

  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.

  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.

  • You deprioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise because of your work.

  • You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

Andreassen's study shows that scoring of "often" or "always" on at least four of the seven items may suggest that you are a workaholic.


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Contact: Dr Cecilie Schou Andreassen
cecilie.andreassen@psych.uib.no
47-480-41699
The University of Bergen
Source:Eurekalert  

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