The Work Craving Scale (WCS): A Validity and Reliability Analysis

Jacek Buczny , Kamila Wojdyło


In the article, we present the theoretical foundations, construction, and validity and reliability analyses of the Work Craving Scale (WCS), a new measure of workaholism based on Work Craving Theory (WCT; Wojdylo, 2013a, 2016). Work craving is defined as a subjective state , an inner drive to compensate negative emotions through performance-conditioned self-worth and neurotic perfectionism in work-related activities. The WCS comprises four dimensions: (1) obsessive-compulsive desire for work, (2) anticipation of compensation for low self-worth, (3) anticipation of reduction of negative emotions and withdrawal symptoms resulting from working, and (4) neurotic perfectionism. Results of CFA (n = 1273; CFI = 0.92; RMSEA = 0.071) confirmed the four-factorial structure of the WCS and showed it had a good construct validity. Results of criterion analyses showed a good validity of the WCS as work craving correlated positively with unmitigated communion, unmitigated agency and negative emotions but negatively with self-esteem and positive emotions.
Publication categoriesDidactic article/chapter
Author Jacek Buczny (Wydzial Psychologii w Sopocie)
Jacek Buczny,,
- Wydzial Psychologii w Sopocie
, Kamila Wojdyło (USSH)
Kamila Wojdyło,,
- SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Journal seriesPrzegląd Psychologiczny, [The Review of Psychology, Przegląd Psychologiczny], ISSN 0048-5675, e-ISSN , (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishworkaholism; work addiction; Work Craving Scale
Languageen angielski
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