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Occupational Health Psychology

SKU# 9780826199676

Work, Stress, and Health

Author: Irvin Sam Schonfeld PhD, MPH, Chu-Hsiang Chang PhD



Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field that focuses on the science and practice of psychology in promoting anddeveloping workplace health- and safety-related initiatives. This comprehensive text for undergraduate and graduate survey courses draws from the domains of psychology, public health, preventive medicine, nursing, industrial engineering, law, and epidemiology to focus on the theory and practice of protecting and promoting the health, well-being, and safety of individuals in the workplace and improving the quality of work life.

The text addresses key psychosocial work issues that are often related to mental and physical health problems, including psychological distress, burnout,depression, accidental injury, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. It examines leadership styles as they impact organizational culture and providesspecific recommendations for reducing employee-related stress through improved leader practices. Also addressed is the relationship between adversepsychosocial working conditions and harmful health behaviors, along with interventions aimed at improving the work environment and maximizingeffectiveness. Additionally, the book discusses how scientists and practitioners in OHP conduct research and other important concerns such as workplaceviolence, work/life balance, and safety. The book reinforces learning with chapter objectives, highlight boxes containing intriguing examples of researchand current controversies, and chapter summaries.

Key Features:

  • Comprises the first comprehensive text on Occupational Health Psychology for undergraduate and graduate survey courses
  • Covers key issues in health psychology in the workplace such as stress, violence, work/life balance, and safety
  • Organized and written for easy access by students and faculty
  • Provides specific recommendation for reducing employee stress
  • Includes highlight boxes and end-of-chapter summaries

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 28, 2016
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199676

About The Author(s) 

Irvin S. Schonfeld, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, City College of New York (CCNY) and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also Professor of Educational Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles; his research has been published in a wide range of journals in psychology, psychiatry, education, research methodology, including American Psychologist, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, Journal of Occupational Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Child Development, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Teaching and Teacher Education, Psychological Medicine, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and Organizational Research Methods. Dr. Shonfeld has received research grants from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control (on the effects of job stress on teachers), and the National Institutes of Mental health (on families of suicidal adolescents). He is the Founding Editor of the Newsletter of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. He regularly teaches courses in Occupational Health Psychology, the Psychology of Youth Violence, Child and Adolescent Development, Experimental Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Konstantin P. Cigularov, PhD is Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology, Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia. He has published his research in such peer-reviewed journals asJournal of Safety Research, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Work & Stress, Journal of Business and Psychology, Psychological Services, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Cigularov's scholarly work reflects his general interest in optimizing individual and organizational performance, safety, and health through developing supportive organizational climates and leadership, as well as effective training programs and communications. He has consulted with multiple organizations on needs assessment, development, and evaluation of training programs focusing on organizational climate, communications, and leadership. Dr. Cigularov is a site PI for a five-year grant project funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). At ODU he teaches courses in I/O psychology, occupational health psychology, and research methods.

Table of Contents 

  • Chapter 1: A Brief History of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Chapter 2: Research Methods in Occupational Health Psychology
  • Chapter 3: The Impact of Psychosocial Working Conditions on Mental Health
  • Chapter 4: Epidemiology, Medical Disease, and OHP
  • Chapter 5: Workplace Violence and Psychological Aggression
  • Chapter 6: Organizational Climate and Leadership
  • Chapter 7: OHP Research on Specific Occupations
  • Chapter 8: Occupational Safety
  • Chapter 9: Work-Family Balance
  • Chapter 10: Interventions in Occupational Health Psychology
  • Chapter 11: The Future of Occupational Health Psychology