New Publication on workaholism and irrational beliefs


This study investigates the role of irrational beliefs at work in two Italian samples. The first aim was to evaluate the psychometric properties of an Italian adaptation of the Work-related Irrational Beliefs Questionnaire (WIB-Q; Van Wijhe, Peeters, & Schaufeli, 2013). The four-factor structure (i.e., performance demands, coworkers’ approval, failure, and control) was confirmed and the WIB-Q showed satisfactory convergent, discriminant, and criterion-related validity. The second aim of this study was to test a theoretical model in which irrational beliefs at work mediate the association between self-oriented perfectionism (SOP) and socially prescribed perfectionism (SPP) on the one hand and workaholism on the other. Failure mediated the association between SOP/SPP and workaholism, whereas the mediating effect of performance demands was marginally significant. Overall, the results of this study suggest that interventions aimed at preventing workaholism should target perfectionists’ work-related irrational beliefs related to failure and performance demands. (read more).