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The psychosocial work environment and risks to health

Clare Bambra

in Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588299
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.003.0004
The psychosocial work environment and risks to health

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This chapter outlines the key theories and debates in the field of psychosocial health in relation to the work environment. The chapter is divided into four main sections. The first section provides a brief overview of the biological pathways between work stress and ill-health before outlining the three main theories of the psychosocial work environment. It next summarizes the epidemiological evidence on the impact of psychosocial risk factors at work on physical and mental health. It then examines their contribution to socio-economic inequalities in health. The chapter concludes with an examination of how the relationship between psychosocial work factors and health varies by welfare state.

Keywords: psychosocial health; work stress; ill-health; psychosocial risk factors; socio-economic inequalities; work factors; welfare state

Chapter.  10827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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