International Handbook of Work and Health Psychology / Edition 3

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Now in its third edition, this authoritative handbook offers acomprehensive and up-to-date survey of work and health psychology.

  • Updated edition of a highly successful handbook
  • Focuses on the applied aspects of work and healthpsychology
  • New chapters cover emerging themes in this rapidlygrowing  field
  • Prestigious team of editors and contributors
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Recommended for academic collections, upper-division undergraduate and above, as well as professional libraries." (CHOICE, September 2010)

"This excellent book helps readers understand how difficulties arise in the workplace and focuses on prevention of problems. It is practical, easy to read, and gives recommendations for positive change. The book covers many different topics, both on the individual and organizational level. It ends with encouraging the organization to become healthy, while maximizing profits, productivity, and employee sense of well?]being. The third edition incorporates new research findings and has new contributors who focus on intervention and prevention." (Doody's, June 2010)

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes organizational and health issues in the workplace, an especially salient topic in these uncertain economic times, which have created job insecurity and increasing stress. Previous editions were published in 1996 and 2002.
Purpose: According to the editors, "In the two previous editions of this Handbook we tended to concentrate on understanding the psychosocial factors in the workplace or the sources of stress, with some work on stress management or organizational change approaches to enhancing well-being and reducing ill health. In this new volume, although we will highlight some new work and health psychology problems, we will devote more emphasis on individual and organizational interventions and prevention."
Audience: The book is described as "an essential resource for students, researchers and practitioners in organizational psychology, health psychology and occupational medicine, and an invaluable source of practical insights for HR professionals and policymakers in the field." Cary L. Cooper is a distinguished professor at Lancaster University in the U.K.; James Campbell Quick, a distinguished professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a visiting professor at Lancaster; and Marc J. Schabracq is a consultant in work and health psychology. The contributors represent an international authorship from the U.K., the Netherlands, the U.S., Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden.
Features: An introduction to work and health psychology begins the book. Next, the authors describe the workplace, defining the "psychological contract" which "describes the informal and implicit understanding that arose between a worker and the organization in which he or she worked." This nonverbal agreement sets the stage for the workplace and expectations of both employer and employee. The authors also discuss the social context and why burnout occurs, showing how stress relates to cardiovascular disease. The second part presents how individuals experience stress and the differences between men and women. The authors spend some time understanding job control and how important it is for achieving a sense of well-being and improved physical health. They discuss providing support in the workplace, using EAP (employee assistance programs) and other means to help manage stress. They end with ideas for how executives can create a healthy workplace through their leadership styles and encouraging employee involvement in developing corporate policies. The book presents ideas from both individual and corporate vantage points, backed by research, and gives practical suggestions.
Assessment: This excellent book helps readers understand how difficulties arise in the workplace and focuses on prevention of problems. It is practical, easy to read, and gives recommendations for positive change. The book covers many different topics, both on the individual and organizational level. It ends with encouraging the organization to become healthy, while maximizing profits, productivity, and employee sense of well-being. The third edition incorporates new research findings and has new contributors who focus on intervention and prevention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470998069
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 506
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cary L. Cooper CBE is Pro Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University. He is Chair of The Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Editor of the journal Stress and Health.

James Campbell Quick is John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Visiting Professor at Lancaster University Management School. His numerous honours include the 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award from the APF/APA Division 13, and the Legion of Merit from the United States Air Force. James has over 100 publications available in ten languages.

Marc J. Schabracq teaches courses on work and health psychology at the University of Amsterdam and is an independent organizational consultant in human aspects of production and change in both profit and non-profit organizations. He has produced more than 20 scholarly and professional books on psychology, as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Chapter 1 Introduction (Gary L. Cooper, James Campbell Quick and Marc J. Schabracq).

Part I: The Context of Work and Health Today.

Chapter 2 Health and Well-Being: The Role of the Psychological Contract (David Guest and Neil Conway).

Chapter 3 The Social Context of Work Life: Implications for Burnout and Work Engagement (Michael P. Leiter and Naomi Stright).

Chapter 4 The Effects of Job Strain on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease (Arie Shirom, Galit Armon, Shlomo Berliner, Itzhak Shapira and Samuel Melamed).

Chapter 5 Sickness Presenteeism and Attendance Pressure Factors: Implications for Practice (Caroline Biron and Per Øystein Saksvik).

Part II: Individual Differences and Health.

Chapter 6 Individual Differences, Work Stress and Health (Norbert K. Semmer and Laurenz L. Meier).

Chapter 7 Gender and Work Stress: Unique Stressors, Unique Responses (Faye K. Cocchiara and Myrtle P. Bell).

Chapter 8 Work Experiences, Stress and Health among Managerial Women: Research and Practice (Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen).

Part III: The Role of Workplace Factors on Health.

Chapter 9 The Role of Job Control in Employee Health and Well-Being (Paul E. Spector).

Chapter 10 Stress and Careers (Yehuda Baruch).

Chapter 11 New Technologies and Stress (Kai-Christoph Hamborg and Siegfried Greif).

Chapter 12 Flexibility at Work in Relation to Employee Health (Töres Theorell).

Chapter 13 Acute Stress at Work (Rolf J. Kleber and Peter G. van der Velden).

Part IV: Supporting Individuals at Work.

Chapter 14 Management Development for Well-Being and Survival: Developing the Whole Person (Rosemary Maellaro and J. Lee Whittington).

Chapter 15 Coaching in Organizations (Helen Williams and Stephen Palmer).

Chapter 16 Women’s Coping: Communal Versus Individualistic Orientation (Pamela A. Geller, Stevan E. Hobfoll and Carla Dunahoo).

Chapter 17 Employee Assistance Programs: A Research-Based Primer (Mark Attridge).

Part V: Organizational Approaches to Health and Well-Being.

Chapter 18 Organizational Culture, Leadership, Change and Stress (Manfred Kets de Vries, Laura Guillén Ramo and Konstantin Korotov).

Chapter 19 Building Interventions to Improve Staff Well-Being (Gordon Tinline and Ben Moss).

Chapter 20 Stress and Effectiveness: An Approach for Changing Organizational Culture (Marc J. Schabracq and Iva Smit).

Chapter 21 Epilogue (Cary L. Cooper, James Campbell Quick and Marc J. Schabracq).


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