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Work stress and health: is the association moderated by sense of coherence?

Susanna Toivanen

in Health inequalities and welfare resources

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347589
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347589.003.0005
Work stress and health: is the association moderated by sense of coherence?

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This chapter focuses on whether personality characteristics, in terms of sense of coherence (Antonovsky et al, 1990; Sagy et al, 1990), may buffer against the adverse effects of work stress exposures. It notes that Antonovsky puts forward a salutogenic explanation as to why some people remain healthy while experiencing adverse circumstances. It explains that people may be better equipped to resist daily stressors and to stay in good health if they have a strong sense of coherence. It combines these two strands of research in the analyses and considers whether sense of coherence acts as a buffer against health hazards at the workplace.

Keywords: personality characteristics; sense of coherence; work stress; Antonovsky; salutogenic explanation; good health; health hazards

Chapter.  9335 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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