the addiction might correlate to one’s overall psychological health.
To better explain the addictive elements of workaholism, the researchers used a multidimensional concept of work craving. They tested their theory by assessing a sample of educators from the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, who volunteered to participate in the self-reporting study. A total of 129 women and 41 men were included and answered an online questionnaire.
Answers were statistically analyzed before results demonstrated that the inability to self-regulate negative emotions causes work cravings and that most people who are struggling with workaholism tend to use work as a method of mitigating negative feelings.
The European researchers concluded that additional investigations are needed to provide more insight into the complex mechanisms of work addiction and highlighted that work cravings often resulted in psychological distress and. “Work craving partially mediated the relationship between self-regulation deficits and psychological distress,” researchers wrote.