Occupational Health Psychology

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Occupational Health Psychology

SKU# 9780826199676

Work, Stress, and Health

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



"Written in an easy-to-read format, this new book eloquently points out how occupational health psychology can improve our traditional working life. Both individual and organizational aspects of healthy and productive workplaces are comprehensively addressed along with some of the most challenging issues in contemporary health psychology. This is a must-read book for students in occupational health psychology courses, managers charged with creating effective and sustainable workplaces, and by experts in any field interested in decreasing healthcare costs." - Bengt B Arnetz, MD, PhD, MScEpi, MPH, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University

"This is a truly comprehensive text on the discipline of Occupational Health Psychology. It is a 'go to' resource for students as well as those wishing to understand this important area of study." - Mark Tausig, PhD, University of Akron

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
  • The book should be of interest to general reader who is concerned with the corrosive effects of job stress.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 24, 2017
  • Page Count 376
  • 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 70 book chapters and peer-reviewed papers; his research has been published in a wide range of journals in psychology, psychiatry, education, research methodology, including Journal of Occupational Psychology,The Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Developmental Psychology,Journal of Occupational Health 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. Schonfeld 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, Experimental Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology of Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron. Her research interests focus on occupational health and safety, leadership, and motivation. Specifically, she studies issues related to occupational stress, workplace violence, and how employee motivation and organizational leadership intersect with issues concerning employee health and well-being. Her work has been published in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Bulletin, and Work and Stress. She has served as an associate editor at Applied Psychology: An International Review and Journal of Organizational Behavior, and is currently serving as an associate editor at Journal of Applied Psychology.

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