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

Van Gordon, W ORCID: 0000-0002-5648-3043, Shonin, E, Dunn, TJ, Garcia-Campayo, J, Demarzo, MMP and Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 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: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Dunn, T.J., Garcia-Campayo, J., Demarzo, M.M.P. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: June 2017
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2062-5871
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1556/2006.6.2017.021DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Apr 2017 08:34
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 08:47
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30539

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