Theories of psychological stress at work

  title={Theories of psychological stress at work},
  author={Philip J. Dewe and Michael P. O’driscoll and Cary L. Cooper},
This chapter is about theories of work-related stress. Of course, throughout this Handbook, stress-related topics are discussed. However, in order to understand different theories and to give them a sense of time, place, and meaning, we attempt to explore them against the changes in how stress has come to be defined. The importance of exploring stress theories in this way lies in the way it gives a sense of history: of why different theories prevailed (Cooper, Dewe, & O’Driscoll, 2001), whether… 

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Teacher Work Related Stress in Early Childhood Education: Some Coping Strategies

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Researching employee experiences and behavior in times of crisis: Theoretical and methodological considerations and implications for human resource management

  • H. ZacherC. Rudolph
  • Business
    German Journal of Human Resource Management: Zeitschrift für Personalforschung
  • 2021
Tory approaches that could be applied to explain changes in employee experiences and behavior in times of crisis, including stress theories, theories of adjustment to work-related changes, career construction theory, event system theory, transition-adaptation theories, the crisis management and resilience framework, and the social identity model of identity change are reviewed.


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The Oxford handbook of stress, health, and coping

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