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Barriers to workplace stress interventions in employee assistance practice: EAP perspectives.

Authors
Nobrega-S; Champagne-NJ; Azaroff-LS; Shetty-K; Punnett-L
Source
J Workplace Behav Health 2010 Nov; 25(4):282-295
NIOSHTIC No.
20041228
Abstract
Occupational health literature links stressful working conditions with cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, injuries, and psychological distress. We conducted individual interviews with employee assistance professionals (EAPs) to understand opportunities and barriers for EAPs to address job stress through organization level interventions. EAPs described their primary role as assisting individual employees versus designing company wide interventions. The most salient barriers to organization level interventions cited were lack of access to company management and (for contracted EAPs) perceptions of contract vulnerability. Education about workplace stress interventions may be most effectively directed at EAPs who are already integrated with company level work groups.
Keywords
Work-environment; Stress; Cardiovascular-disease; Cardiovascular-system; Cardiovascular-system-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Psychological-stress; Psychology; Education; Humans; Men; Women; Workers; Diseases; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: employee assistance practice; job stress; stress interventions; stress reduction; work organization; workplace interventions; workplace stress
Contact
Suzanne Nobrega, MS, Department of Work Environment, One University Avenue, 200 Kitson Hall, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854
Publication Date
20101101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
suzanne_nobrega@uml.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008857
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1555-5240
Source Name
Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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