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Coping with Work Stress. A Review and Critique

  • ID: 2172253
  • Book
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Coping with Work Stress highlights the most up–to–date research relating to coping strategies of individuals and organizations, and provides a series of invaluable best practice techniques for dealing with the growing epidemic of stress and lack of overall well–being at work. The authors renowned experts in the field offer carefully considered critical reviews of issues surrounding the latest work stress and coping studies, and identify several new strategic pathways to stimulate future research.

With the insidious effects of workplace stress fully acknowledged and well–documented, Coping with Work Stress takes an important next step by providing coping techniques for improving the health and well–being of organizations and individuals alike.

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1 Work stress and coping: Setting the scene.

The term ′stress′.

The costs of stress.

Sickness absence.

Labour turnover.


Work and mental health generally.

The changing work context and work stressors.

Work stressors: Some issues.

Changing work stressors.

2 Coping: The measurement debate.

A history and some definitional issues surrounding coping.

Defi ning coping and definitional issues.

The measurement of coping.

Coping checklists.

Classifying coping and creating scales.

3 New directions for coping research.

New developments in appraisal.

The infl uence of positive psychology.

From positive psychology to proactive coping.

Other developments in coping.

Progress towards understanding coping effectiveness.

From stress to emotions to positive emotions and coping.

4 Coping with specific work–related stressors.

Types of coping.

Coping with work stressors.

Coping strategies used by specific occupational groups.

Future directions in research on coping with specific work stressors.

5 Coping with work life conflict.

Social support.

Personal control.

Personal coping strategies.

Organizational strategies to ameliorate work life conflict.


6 Stress management interventions.

Conceptual framework for stress management interventions.

Evaluating stress management interventions.

Factors infl uencing the effectiveness of stress management interventions.

Some guidelines for effective interventions.


7 Coping with work stress: An agenda for the future.

Continuing debates: Emerging context.

Building a future research agenda from the themes of the past.

The characteristics of coping and coping types.

Assessment of coping behaviours.

Coping styles versus coping strategies.

The role of meaning in coping research.

Coping effectiveness.

Personal coping versus organizational stress management interventions.

From stress to well–being.




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Philip J. Dewe
Michael P. O′Driscoll
Cary L. Cooper
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