Cross-national and Longitudinal Investigation of a Short Measure of Workaholism
Rantanen, J., Feldt, T., Hakanen, J. J., Kokko, K., Huhtala, M., Pulkkinen, L., & Schaufeli, W. (2015). Cross-national and Longitudinal Investigation of a Short Measure of Workaholism. Industrial Health, 53 (2), 113-123. doi:10.2486/indhealth.2014-0129
Published inIndustrial Health
DisciplineOhjausalaPsykologiaGerontologia ja kansanterveysOhjausalaPsychologyGerontology and Public Health
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The present study investigated the factor structure of the 10-item version of the Dutch Work Addiction Scale (DUWAS). The DUWAS-10 is intended to measure workaholism with two correlated factors: working excessively (WE) and working compulsively (WC). The factor structure of the DUWAS-10 was examined among multi-occupational samples from the Netherlands (n=9,010) and Finland (n=4,567) using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). CFAs revealed that the expected correlated two-factor solution showed satisfactory fit to the data. However, a second-order factor solution, where WE comprised the first-order factors “working frantically” and “working long hours”, and WC the first-order factors “obsessive work drive” and “unease if not working”, showed significantly better fit to the data. The expectation of factorial group invariance of the second-order factor structure between the Dutch and Finnish samples was also supported. Moreover, factorial time invariance was observed across a two-year time lag in a sub-sample of Finnish managers (n=459). In conclusion, the DUWAS-10 was found to be a comprehensive measure of workaholism, meeting the criteria of factorial validity in multiple settings, and can thus be recommended for use in both research and practice. ...