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Document ID (ISN)68483
CIS number 97-348
ISSN - Serial title Cahiers de médecine du travail - Cahiers voor arbeidsgeneeskunde
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) De Keyser V., Hansez I.
Title Towards a transactional perspective on stress at work: Methodological evaluation choices
Original title Vers une perspective transactionnelle du stress au travail: pistes d'évaluations méthodologiques [in French]
Bibliographic information 1996, Vol.33, No.3, p.133-144. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract This article explores methodological evaluation pathways for studying stress at work. The approach is based on a definition of stress that depends on the control of the situation and that adopts a transactional concept of psychological stress at work, one that puts the emphasis on the importance of personal evaluation of the situation and on the processes of coping. It surveys the indicators used by work stress researchers and the limitations of these indicators. Principal methodological problems discussed: difficulties in establishing causal relationships; the issues discriminating and convergent validity; demonstrating the effects of chronicity; reliability of measures. Examples drawn from a hospital environment illustrate the discussion.
Descriptors (primary) occupational psychology; mental stress; evaluation of technique
Descriptors (secondary) round-up; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout