Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique by Philip J. DeweCoping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique by Philip J. Dewe

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

byPhilip J. Dewe, Michael P. O'Driscoll, Cary L. Cooper

Hardcover | October 4, 2010

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Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique highlights current research relating to the coping strategies of individuals and organizations, and provides best practice techniques for dealing with the growing epidemic of stress and lack of overall well-being at work.
  • Reviews and critiques the most current research focusing on workplace stress
  • Provides 'best practice' techniques for dealing with stress at the workplace
  • Extends beyond stress to cover broader issues of well-being at work
Philip J. Dewe is Vice-Master of Birkbeck and Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London. He is a member of the editorial board of Work and Stress and the International Journal of Stress Management, and an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Heath Promoti...
Title:Coping with Work Stress: A Review and CritiqueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.17 × 6.44 × 0.66 inPublished:October 4, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470997664

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Table of Contents

1 Work stress and coping: Setting the scene.

The term 'stress'.

The costs of stress.

Sickness absence.

Labour turnover.


Work and mental health generally.

The changing work context and work stressors.

Work stressors: Some issues.

Changing work stressors.

2 Coping: The measurement debate.

A history and some definitional issues surrounding coping.

Defi ning coping and definitional issues.

The measurement of coping.

Coping checklists.

Classifying coping and creating scales.

3 New directions for coping research.

New developments in appraisal.

The infl uence of positive psychology.

From positive psychology to proactive coping.

Other developments in coping.

Progress towards understanding coping effectiveness.

From stress to emotions to positive emotions and coping.

4 Coping with specific work-related stressors.

Types of coping.

Coping with work stressors.

Coping strategies used by specific occupational groups.

Future directions in research on coping with specific work stressors.

5 Coping with work–life conflict.

Social support.

Personal control.

Personal coping strategies.

Organizational strategies to ameliorate work–life conflict.


6 Stress management interventions.

Conceptual framework for stress management interventions.

Evaluating stress management interventions.

Factors infl uencing the effectiveness of stress management interventions.

Some guidelines for effective interventions.


7 Coping with work stress: An agenda for the future.

Continuing debates: Emerging context.

Building a future research agenda from the themes of the past.

The characteristics of coping and coping types.

Assessment of coping behaviours.

Coping styles versus coping strategies.

The role of meaning in coping research.

Coping effectiveness.

Personal coping versus organizational stress management interventions.

From stress to well-being.




Editorial Reviews

With the growing epidemic of stress and the lack of overall well-being at work, Coping with Work Stress could not have come at a better time! The authors, all experts on the topics of stress and coping, cover the basic concepts and measurement issues associated with stress and its many negative symptoms and then offer many excellent and useable suggestions about how individuals and organizations can better cope with stress to help reduce those symptoms. Overall, a highly readable and important book on stress and coping that is a must for everyone.’ —Professor Randall S. Schuler, Rutgers University, USA “In Coping with Work Stress, Philip Dewe, Michael O'Driscoll and Cary Cooper provide an excellent review of the literature in this field, highlighting areas of debate and their possible resolution. A must-read for researchers, as it provides opportunities for advancing the quality of coping studies in the workplace. Their linking of personal coping with organizational-level interventions, and their emphasis on positive outcomes as well as illness, have important individual and organizational health implications as well.” —Ronald J. Burke, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada