New Scale for Measuring Work Addiction

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Researchers in Spain have proven the usefulness of a new scale for measuring work addiction.

The Study

DUWAS (Dutch Work Addiction Scale) was validated by this study in response to criticisms of its validity and reliability made by the WorkBAT (Workaholism Battery) and the WART (Work Addiction Risk Test), the two evaluation tools most used in the past.

In addition to showing the usefulness of this new scale, the study also confirmed that work addiction is characterized by two dimensions: working excessively and working compulsively. The study also related the results with people's perceived health and happiness, highlighting the negative impact of work addiction.

What Does This Mean?

In Spain, where this study took place, an estimated 12% of workers suffer from work addiction, with 8% spending more than 12 hours per day working. Countries like Japan are thought to have a work addiction rate of around 20%. Experts say that spending more than 50 hours per week working may be a determining factor for work addiction.

Work addiction, which has yet to be formally recognized as a clinical addiction, hasn't yet seen much research. This new scale provides another way to measure work addiction, which can help both people suffering from the disorder and researchers interested in studying it.

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