© 2008

Promoting Health for Working Women

  • Athena Linos
  • Wilhelm Kirch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. General Principles and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pania Karnaki, Ioannis Polychronakis, Athena Linos, Ioanna Kotsioni
      Pages 3-29
    3. Ioannis Polychronakis, Christos Chatzis, Ioanna Kotsioni, Elena Riza, Teus Brand, Athena Linos
      Pages 31-70
  3. Specific Health Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Ioannis Polychronakis, Elena Riza, Pania Karnaki, Athena Linos
      Pages 73-116
    3. Natalie M. Schmitt, Andreas Fuchs, Wilhelm Kirch
      Pages 117-136
    4. Verka Koytcheva, Alexander Zhekov, George Lazarou, Elena Riza
      Pages 137-160
    5. Kaisa Kauppinen, Tarita Tuomola
      Pages 161-182
    6. Elena Riza, Athena Linos
      Pages 213-240
  4. Women’s Reproductive Health Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Goedele Geuskens, Alex Burdorf
      Pages 255-265
  5. Lifestyle Determinants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Kaisa Kauppinen, Tarita Tuomola
      Pages 297-317
    3. Gemma Janer, Manolis Kogevinas
      Pages 319-332
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-338

About this book


Based on European health initiatives on reducing workplace risks and promoting workplace health, Promoting Health for Working Women focuses on issues that predominantly or exclusively affect women, or have gender-specific implications because of differences or special circumstances that exist at the workplace. The editors and their twenty collaborators combine theoretical, research, and practical perspectives to create a framework for studying female workers’ health issues and risks. The methodology for organizing on-site health promotion interventions at the workplace is presented in detail, taking into consideration the key issues women face.

Among the topics covered in Promoting Health for Working Women:

• Legal foundations for workers’ safety, in general and by gender.

• Occupational hazards, musculoskeletal injuries, communicable diseases.

• Work-life balance issues, including stress, burnout, and depression.

• Violence, bullying, and sexual harassment on the job.

• Special focus on pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• Screening at the workplace.

• Smoking cessation, alcohol awareness, diet/exercise, and other lifestyle concerns.

The contributors’ mix of salient data and hands-on knowledge makes Promoting Health for Working Women key reading for professionals in public health, women’s health, occupational health, and health promotion—anyone dedicated to improving women’s lives in a safer, more equitable workplace.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Athena Linos
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Kirch
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology, and Medical Statistics School of MedicineNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensGoudi
  2. 2.Research Association Public Health Saxony and Saxony-AnhaltMedical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus Technische Universität DresdenGermany

About the editors

Athena Linos is Associate Professor in the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the University of Athens Medical School.

Wilhelm Kirch is Chair of the Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Medical Faculty of Dresden University of Technology.  He is a past president of the European Public Health Association.  He published Extreme Weather Events and Public Health Responses (2005) with Springer, and he is editor of our forthcoming Encyclopedia of Public Health (2008).

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews:

"Filled with useful tips for public health care workers, the 13 articles of this volume address health and its promotion for working women. … The articles are based on European case studies but have been tailored towards practical application, with reports on the research findings and EU standards accompanied by bulleted lists of suggestions for health promotion." (, April, 2008)

"This book describes workplace health promotion and argues for gender-specific programs … . It is accessible to those without expertise in health promotion or occupational safety and health. … The editors have succeeded in covering the breadth of issues regarding workplace health promotion and make a solid argument for addressing the specific needs of working women. … a valuable resource for public health professionals involved in the design and/or implementation of the programs. The book would also be a useful teaching tool." (Kathleen M. Vetter, Doody’s Review Service, October, 2008)