Workaholism in Students: when Overachieving Becomes a Clinical Concern
Raymond Shoup1, Diana-Lea Baranovich2

1Raymond Shoup, Master Student, Department of Psychology Behavioral Sciences, California Southern University, California Chandler, Arizona.
2Diana-Lea Baranovich, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 28 November 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 04 December 2019 | Manuscript Published on 10 December 2019 | PP: 928-930 | Volume-8 Issue-3S2 October 2019 | Retrieval Number: C12401083S219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.C1240.1083S219
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Abstract: Workaholism is an addiction to the gratification and validation a person receives from the work they do. In students, this work is derived from school work and projects assigned by teachers. The praise they receive both from teachers and parents can present a concern, as their work can become their whole lives. This hinders socialization and identity formation, which is quintessential in the development of adolescents. With educators, parents, and school psychologists recognizing the signs and symptoms of workaholism in students, more help and resources can become attainable to them. Having said that, it is important to understand that workaholism, as with any addiction, is a mental disorder that needs to be treated from a holistic stand point. By treating the person with the addiction, and not just the addiction, the student will be less likely to trade in one addiction for another. Meaning, what is the core issue which is causing the student to have the need for the addiction; what is the emotional void that he is experiencing. The essence of this treatment is to help the student find a sense of self and identity outside of school work, and to commemorate accomplishments outside of academic success. This study includes a review on current literature as it relates to student success and identity and workaholism. Literature is gathered from resources around the world, with findings presenting phenomena pertaining to students from all walks of life and all countries.
Keywords: Workaholism, Socialization, Findings.
Scope of the Article: Computational Biology