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Occupational stress, social support and health.
House JS; Wells JA
Reducing occupational stress: proceedings of a conference May 10-12, 1977, Westchester Division, New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center. McLean A; Black B; Colligan M, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-140, 1978 Apr; :8-29
A potential social mechanism for mitigating the deleterious effects of occupational stress on health is described. It is maintained that people have social support if they have a relationship with one or more persons which is characterized by relatively frequent interactions, strong and positive feelings, and especially perceived ability to lend emotional or instrumental assistance in time of need. The work supervisor and spouse are the significant others who are particularly suited to lend social support. The data suggest that applied programs can be effective, and are more likely to be effective, if they concentrate their efforts on ensuring that each person has a supportive relationship with just one or two significant others. Social support reduces occupational stress and the deleterious health consequences which result from such stress. The literature on occupational social support is also reviewed with a discussion of the limits of current knowledge.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-77-0041; Psychological-factors; Occupational-psychology; Behavior; Psychological-responses; Psychological-stress; Tension; Sociological-factors
McLean A; Black B; Colligan M
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 78-140; Contract-210-77-0041
Reducing occupational stress: proceedings of a conference May 10-12, 1977, Westchester Division, New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
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