Stakeholder perceptions of job stress in an industrialized country: implications for policy and practice

Page, Kathryn M, LaMontagne, Anthony D, Louie, Amber M, Ostry, Aleck S, Shaw, Andrea and Shoveller, Jeannie A 2013, Stakeholder perceptions of job stress in an industrialized country: implications for policy and practice, Journal of public health policy, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 447-461, doi: 10.1057/jphp.2013.24.

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Title Stakeholder perceptions of job stress in an industrialized country: implications for policy and practice
Author(s) Page, Kathryn M
LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D
Louie, Amber M
Ostry, Aleck S
Shaw, Andrea
Shoveller, Jeannie A
Journal name Journal of public health policy
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 447
End page 461
Total pages 15
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Place of publication Basingstoke, UK
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0197-5897
Keyword(s) Context for intervention
Systems approach
Job stress
Summary We used a secondary, qualitative analysis of stakeholder perceptions of work stress in Australia to characterize the context for policy and practice intervention. Themes included: Individual versus contextual descriptions of stress; perceived ‘gender’ differences in manifesting and reporting of stress; the work/home interface; and perceived sectoral and occupational differences in compensation claim rates. We found that people often still perceive stress as an individual rather than organizational problem and view work stress as a stereotypically feminine weakness that affects only certain people. Organizations downplay and overlook risks, increasing worker reluctance to report stressors, creating barriers to job stress interventions. Our study may be relevant to other industrial countries where researchers currently study job stress interventions to improve their effectiveness. Comprehensive approaches can increase knowledge and decrease stigma about job stress and mental illness, and target both work- and non-work-related influences on mental health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1057/jphp.2013.24
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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