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Work Stress.

Studies of the Context, Content and Outcomes of Stress, A Book Of Readings

Chris Peterson

Baywood Publ., 2003, 285 s. ISBN 0-89503-280-5
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Stress at work has become an increasingly important phenomenon in most western countries. With longer working hours, organizational "downsizing," and associated "intensification" of work, stress is becoming a concern in a wide range of work organizations. There is growing recognition of its effects on families, on health and welfare services, and within the broader community, as well as its more immediate effects on employee health and well-being and on organizational functioning.
This book was written to give those dealing with work, health, and related areas an overview of work stress at the turn of the century. It provides a forum for debate on some of the latest issues in work stress.
Work Stress: Studies of the Context, Content and Outcomes of Stress—A Book of Reading’s presents material within a framework that clarifies and highlights the role of work itself, of job design, and of organizational factors as potential causes of work stress. In addition, it highlights ways in which managers and others can design jobs and work so as to minimize work stress while maintaining or improving productivity.

Dr. Chris Peterson is a health sociologist and senior research fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He previously worked at La Trobe University, where he also coordinated the E-Healthcare Educator and Research Group. He has worked with members of Worksafe, Australia (now the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission) and the Australian Council of Trade Unions on the national stress campaign. Prior publications include Stress at Work: A Sociological Perspective (Baywood, 1999) and books and articles on occupational health and safety management. Dr. Peterson is a chief investigator in a major National Health and Medical Research Council research project on self-management programs for people with chronic illness.