Work Stress, Immune, and Inflammatory Markers

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Part of the Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences book series (HDBSOHS)


The links between workplace stress and ensuing ill-health have been well researched, but less study has focussed on the underlying mechanisms responsible for this association. Despite this, it is timely to synthesize what data are available on the association between workplace stress and dysregulated inflammatory and immune responses, which are likely implicated in several of the disease “endpoints” of workplace stress. We focussed our review on the main biomarkers and workplace stress theories in this field and considered collectively workplace stress as measured by the job-demand control, effort-reward imbalance, and organizational justice models that appear to be most related to the biomarkers CRP, NKCC, and sIgA. The limitations of research in this field and the possible pathways of improvement of such research are considered. The aim of this chapter is to provide the reader with an appreciation of the key confounds in this research area and to discuss what research is required to move this field of enquiry forward.


Occupational stress Immunity Inflammation Health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Counselling, School of Psychology and Public HealthLaTrobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bradley J. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Counselling, School of Psychology and Public HealthLaTrobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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