Meditation awareness training for the treatment of workaholism: A controlled trial
AuthorsVan Gordon, William
Dunn, Thomas J.
Griffiths, Mark D.
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness Research
Bishop Grosseteste University
University of Zaragoza
Federal University of Sao Paolo
Nottingham Trent University
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AbstractBackground 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.
CitationVan Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Dunn, T., Garcia-Campayo, J., Demarzo, M., & Griffiths, M. D. (2017). 'Meditation Awareness Training for the treatment of workaholism: A non-randomised controlled trial'. Journal of Behavioral Addiction, Advanced Online Edition, DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.021.
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
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