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Meditation awareness training for the treatment of workaholism: a controlled trial

Van Gordon, W. and Shonin, E. and Dunn, T.J. and Garcia-Campayo, J. and Demarzo, M.M.P. and Griffiths, M.D. (2017) Meditation awareness training for the treatment of workaholism: a controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6 (2). pp. 212-220. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

Background and aims: Workaholism is a form of behavioral addiction that can lead to reduced life and job satisfaction, anxiety, depression, burnout, work–family conflict, and impaired productivity. Given the number of people affected, there is a need for more targeted workaholism treatments. Findings from previous case studies successfully utilizing second-generation mindfulness-based interventions (SG-MBIs) for treating behavioral addiction suggest that SG-MBIs may be suitable for treating workaholism. This study conducted a controlled trial to investigate the effects of an SG-MBI known as meditation awareness training (MAT) on workaholism. Methods: Male and female adults suffering from workaholism (n = 73) were allocated to MAT or a waiting-list control group. Assessments were performed at pre-, post-, and 3-month follow-up phases. Results: MAT participants demonstrated significant and sustained improvements over control-group participants in workaholism symptomatology, job satisfaction, work engagement, work duration, and psychological distress. Furthermore, compared to the control group, MAT participants demonstrated a significant reduction in hours spent working but without a decline in job performance. Discussion and conclusions: MAT may be a suitable intervention for treating workaholism. Further controlled intervention studies investigating the effects of SG-MBIs on workaholism are warranted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Akadémiai Kiadó. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: workaholism, work addiction, meditation awareness training, mindfulness, second-generation mindfulness-based interventions, job satisfaction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Thomas Dunn
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 09:00
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/195

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