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Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health$
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Clare Bambra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588299.001.0001

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The psychosocial work environment and risks to health

The psychosocial work environment and risks to health

(p.74) Chapter 4 The psychosocial work environment and risks to health
Work, Worklessness, and the Political Economy of Health

Clare Bambra

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the key theories and debates in the field of psychosocial health in relation to the work environment. The chapter is divided into four main sections. The first section provides a brief overview of the biological pathways between work stress and ill-health before outlining the three main theories of the psychosocial work environment. It next summarizes the epidemiological evidence on the impact of psychosocial risk factors at work on physical and mental health. It then examines their contribution to socio-economic inequalities in health. The chapter concludes with an examination of how the relationship between psychosocial work factors and health varies by welfare state.

Keywords:   psychosocial health, work stress, ill-health, psychosocial risk factors, socio-economic inequalities, work factors, welfare state

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