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Psychometric properties of the Bergen Work Addiction Scale in a Greek sample of health professionals
 
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Department of Nursing, International Hellenic University of Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Center for Health Services Management (CHESME), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Athens, Greece
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Department of Social Welfare, Education and Equality, Municipality of Katerini, Greece
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Department of Internal Medicine General Hospital of Ptolemaida, Greece
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Chrysovalantis Karagkounis   

Department of Social Welfare, Education and Equality, Municipality of Katerini, Greece
Submission date: 2022-03-27
Final revision date: 2022-09-02
Acceptance date: 2022-09-04
Online publication date: 2022-10-24
 
 
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Background:
Work addiction it is an emerging topic in organizational research because it has a great impact on human resources, especial-ly in the health sector, and has led to the development of a number of valid assessment tools. Among work addiction scales, the Bergen Work Addiction Scale (BWAS) has good psychometric properties and a small number of items, and comes with a recommended cut-off for categorization of work addiction. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the BWAS in a Greek sample of health professionals (HPs) and to measure their work addiction.

Participants and procedure:
A cross sectional study using an online questionnaire related to work addiction was completed by 542 HPs through the offi-cial websites of 8 secondary hospitals in Greece.

Results:
The level of HPs’ work addiction was moderate. The internal structure of the scale was satisfactory (α = .78). All seven items of the BWAS were significant and had standardized values above 0.48. Work addiction was significantly associated with older age and the profession of physician.

Conclusions:
Based on the findings of the present study, the Greek BWAS has good psychometric properties, such as good reliability, internal consistency and construct validity and is recommended as a suitable tool to assess work addiction in clinical settings and future research.

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