Counseling Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology

Donald E. Eggerth and Thomas R. Cunningham

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Counseling Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology

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Given its historical roots in vocational psychology and its current emphases on multiculturalism, positive psychology and social justice, counseling psychology is uniquely poised to contribute to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of occupational health psychology (OHP). Despite a halving of work-related injury rates in recent decades, work remains the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The goal of OHP is to protect and promote the health of workers and of their families, and to improve the quality of work life. Occupational health psychology has a threefold focus on the work environment, the individual worker, and the interface between work and family. Specific topics that OHP is attempting to address include work-related stress; occupational health disparities related to gender, age, ethnicity or race, work–family interface; increasing intervention effectiveness; improving safety climate; job design; and work organization.

Keywords: Occupational health psychology; work stress; occupational health disparities; burnout; safety climate; work–family interface; person–environment fit

Article.  21210 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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