Special Issue "Advancing Workaholism Research"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: workplace bullying; mobbing; workaholism; work addiction; work engagement; work-related stress; psychosocial factors at work; counterproductive work behavior
Interests: workaholism; well-being at work; workplace bullying; organizational socialization; organizational career growth; entrepreneurship
In recent years, there has been a growth in attention on the phenomenon of workaholism (e.g., Andreassen et al., 2018; Clark et al., 2016; Ng. et al., 2007), a dysfunctional and pathological form of heavy work investment characterized by behaviors (e.g., working for long hours) and cognitions (e.g., obsessively thinking about work activities and issues even when not at work) that have significant implications for individuals’ mental health and organizations’ vitality. Despite important advancements, because of the quality of the available evidence—mainly based on self-report cross-sectional investigations—a number of ambiguities still surround this phenomenon. Additionally, recently, some researchers have argued that considering workaholism as a true addiction may actually reflect a tendency to overpathologize everyday behavior (see Griffiths, Demetrovics, & Atroszko, 2018).
Thus, the main aim of the present Special Issue is to strengthen the available evidence on workaholism. We welcome authors to submit both qualitative and quantitative studies and particularly encourage investigations adopting an interdisciplinary perspective. Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Large-scale epidemiological studies investigating the prevalence of workaholism and its socio-demographic and occupational (e.g., work sector) correlates;
- Studies adopting longitudinal designs and multisource data (e.g. self-reported and physiologic data) to address the link between workaholism and mental health outcomes;
- Studies explaining microprocess aspects of the health deterioration process activated by workaholism (e.g., daily diary studies);
- Studies investigating how the currently prevalent working conditions (e.g., high work intensity and the digitization of work, see Balducci et al., 2018) may activate or strengthen workaholic tendencies;
- Studies that explore the role of workaholism as a vulnerability factor (i.e., a moderator) in the stressor–strain relationship.
It is suggested that a short description of the study is sent in advance to the Special Issue’s main editor (C.B.): [email protected].
- Balducci, C.; Avanzi, L.; Fraccaroli, F. The individual “costs” of workaholism: An analysis based on multisource and prospective data. Journal of Management, 2018, 44(7), 2961–2986.
- Clark, M.A.; Michel, J.S.; Zhdanova, L.; Pui, S.Y.; Baltes, B.B. All work and no play? A meta-analytic examination of the correlates and outcomes of workaholism. Journal of Management, 2016, 42(7), 1836–1873.
- Griffiths, M.D.; Zsolt, D.; Atroszko, P.A. Ten myths about work addiction. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 2018, 74(4), 845–857.
- Ng, T.W.H., Sorensen, K.L., & Feldman, D.C. Dimensions, antecedents, and consequences of workaholism: A conceptual integration and extension. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2007, 28(1), 111–136.
Dr. Cristian Balducci
Dr. Paola Spagnoli
Dr. Malissa Clark
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- work addiction
- behavioral addiction
- mental health