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Too Busy to Think: Helping Work-Addicted Clients  

Although working long hours is often praised and encouraged, work addiction is increasingly recognized worldwide as a cause of stress, burnout, loneliness and low life satisfaction among high-performing professionals. In the October issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development, Summer M. Reiner and colleagues examined the relationship of work addiction to 10 domains of life balance in a sample of higher education professionals. Results showed that an inclination toward workaholism was significantly associated with more stress/anxiety and sleep disturbances, poorer relationships and greater dissatisfaction with their careers. Counselors should assess for indicators of work addiction and support these clients as they restructure their lives, experience change conflict, cope with loss of addictive rewards and find meaningful ways of spending newly acquired leisure time.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Volume 97 ■ Number 4 ■ October 2019

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Assessing Life Balance and Work Addiction in High-Pressure, High-Demand Careers
Summer M. Reiner, Richard S. Balkin, Kerry R. Gotham, Quentin Hunter, Gerald A. Juhnke, and R. J. Davis


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An Experimental Investigation of White Counselors Broaching Race and Racism
Kelly M. King and L. DiAnne Borders

Colonial Mentality and Mental Health Help-Seeking of Filipino Americans
Victor E. Tuazon, Edith Gonzalez, Daniel Gutierrez, and Lotes Nelson

Counseling Intimate Partner Abuse Survivors: Effective and Ineffective Interventions
Liane J. Leedom, Donna Andersen, Mary Ann Glynn, and Meredith L. Barone

Hope as a Mediator of Bullying Involvement and Emotional Difficulties in Children
JoLynn V. Carney, Hyunhee Kim, Kevin Duquette, Xiuyan Guo, and Richard J. Hazler

The Current State of Gerontological Counseling Research: A 26-Year Content Analysis 
Matthew C. Fullen, Sean Gorby, Christian D. Chan, Robert A. Dobmeier, and Justin Jordan

Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of the Student Success Skills Program on Grade 5 Students’ Academic and Behavioral Outcomes
Linda Webb, Greg Brigman, John Carey, Elizabeth Villares, Craig Wells, Aline Sayer, Karen Harrington, and Ellen Chance

Assessing Life Balance and Work Addiction in High-Pressure, High-Demand Careers
Summer M. Reiner, Richard S. Balkin, Kerry R. Gotham, Quentin Hunter, Gerald A. Juhnke, and R. J. Davis

Utility of the REDFLAGS Model for Supporting Community College Student Mental Health: Implications for Counselors
Michael T. Kalkbrenner, Eric M. Brown, Kristy L. Carlisle, and Robert M. Carlisle

Assessment & Diagnosis
Perceived Everyday Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms: Does Cognitive Style Mediate?
Lauren Hayes, Patrick Pössel, and Sarah J. Roane

Relationship Between the Supervisory Working Alliance and Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis
Eun Hye Park, Gyuyoung Ha, Sujung Lee, Yu Young Lee, and Sang Min Lee

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