Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Organizational Health Psychology

  • Monique F. Crane
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_101980-1

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Definition

“Occupational health” is a field of study and related interventions that serve to mitigate and circumvent work-related hazards to people’s physical and psychological health. This is achieved by understanding how work characteristics influence employee’s health-related behaviors and psychosocial outcomes in both positive and negative ways. These insights guide policy reform, organizational and team-level interventions, and individual-level interventions that are directed at modifying factors that support physical and psychological well-being. The social and behavioral sciences have made a considerable contribution to our current understanding of occupational health. In this way, occupational health has benefited from the insights of fields beyond those traditionally associated with physical health in the workplace.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Macquarie UniversityNorth Ryde/SydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kerry Sherman
    • 1
  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia