Organizing the confusion surrounding workaholism: New structure, measure, and validation

Or Shkoler, Edna Rabenu, Cristinel Vasiliu, Gil Sharoni, Aharon Tziner

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Since "workaholism" was coined, a considerable body of research was conducted to shed light on its essence. After at least 40 years of studying this important phenomenon, a large variety of definitions, conceptualizations, and measures emerged. In order to try and bring more integration and consensus to this construct, the current research was conducted in two phases. We aimed to formulate a theoretical definitional framework for workaholism, capitalizing upon the Facet Theory Approach. Two basic facets were hypothesized: A. Modalities of workaholism, with three elements: cognitive, emotional, and instrumental; and B. Resources of workaholism with two elements: time and effort. Based on this definitional framework, a structured questionnaire was conceived. In the first phase, the new measure was validated with an Israeli sample comparing two statistical procedures; Factor Analysis (FA) and Smallest Space Analysis (SSA). In the second phase, we aimed to replicate the findings, and to contrast the newly-devised questionnaire with other extant workaholism measures, with a Romanian sample. Theoretical implications and future research suggestions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1803
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberOCT
StatePublished - 19 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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© 2017 Shkoler, Rabenu, Vasiliu, Sharoni and Tziner.


  • Cultural differences
  • Facet
  • Measurement
  • Research methods
  • Work drive
  • Workaholism


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