Workaholism and Relationship Quality: A Spillover-Crossover Perspective

Arnold B. Bakker, Evangelia Demerouti, Ronald Burke

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This study of 168 dual-earner couples examined the relationship between workaholism and relationship satisfaction. More specifically, on the basis of the literature, it was hypothesized that workaholism is positively related to work-family conflict. In addition, the authors predicted that workaholism is related to reduced support provided to the partner, through work-family conflict, and that individuals who receive considerable support from their partners are more satisfied with their relationship. Finally, the authors hypothesized direct crossover of relationship satisfaction between partners. The results of structural equation modeling analyses using the matched responses of both partners supported these hypotheses. Moreover, in line with predictions, the authors found that gender did not affect the strength of the relationships in the proposed model. The authors discuss workplace interventions as possible ways to help workaholics and their partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • crossover
  • relationship satisfaction
  • work-family conflict
  • workaholism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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