Protecting and promoting mental health in the workplace : developing a systems approach to job stress

LaMontagne, Anthony D., Keegal, Tessa and Vallance, Deborah 2007, Protecting and promoting mental health in the workplace : developing a systems approach to job stress, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 221-228.

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Title Protecting and promoting mental health in the workplace : developing a systems approach to job stress
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D.
Keegal, Tessa
Vallance, Deborah
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 221
End page 228
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) job stress
work stress
occupational stress
systems approach
Summary Issue addressed: Job stress has been linked to a wide range of adverse effects on mental, physical, and organisational health. Despite the evidence that systems approaches are most effective in reducing the adverse impact of job stress, prevalent practice is dominated by worker- or individual-focused strategies in the absence of commensurate intervention on working conditions. Methods: A literature review and cross-disciplinary conceptual synthesis were combined in the articulation of a systems approach to job stress. Results: An outline of the job stress process is followed by explanation of how a systems approach addresses the various steps in the stress process. Systems approaches to job stress emphasise primary prevention or focusing on stressors as the upstream determinants of job stress. Additionally, systems approaches integrate primary with worker-directed secondary and illness-directed tertiary intervention, include the meaningful participation of groups targeted by intervention, and are context- sensitive. Systems approach intervention principles are illustrated by concrete examples of intervention strategies and activities. Conclusions: Further efforts are needed to promote, disseminate, implement, and evaluate systems approaches to job stress and to improve cross-disciplinary cooperation in this effort. (author abtract)
Language eng
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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