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Document ID (ISN)112002
CIS number 11-0745
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kortum E., Leka S., Cox T.
Title Psychosocial risks and work-related stress in developing countries: Health impact, priorities, barriers and solutions
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2010, Vol.23, No.3, p.225-238. Illus. 56 ref.
Internet access Psychosocial_risks.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study explores experts' perceptions of psychosocial risks and work-related stress in emerging economies and developing countries. It focuses on knowledge of potential health impact of psychosocial risks and preliminary priorities for action, and discusses potential barriers and solutions to addressing psychosocial risks and work-related stress in developing countries. It was conducted by means of semi-structured interviews, two rounds of an online Delphi survey and four focus groups. Twenty nine experts with expertise in occupational health were interviewed. Seventy four experts responded to the first round of an online Delphi survey and 53 responded to the second round. Four groups of experts with a total of 37 active participants with specific or broader knowledge about developing country contexts participated in focus group discussions. High concern was expressed for the need to address psychosocial risks and work-related stress and their health impact. Developing country experts' knowledge about these issues was comparable to knowledge from industrialized countries; however, application of expert knowledge was reported to be weak in developing countries. Socio-economic conditions were regarded as important considerations. Priorities to be addressed were identified, and barriers to implementing possible solutions were proposed. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) psychology of work organization; stress factors; health hazards; risk factors; developing countries
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; survey; questionnaire survey; economic aspects; social aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychology of work organization
OSH in developing countries