Defining a case of work-related stress

Houdmont, Jonathan (2009) Defining a case of work-related stress. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis concerns case definitions for work-related stress; that is, the criteria used for the identification of a person as presenting a case. It has its focus on case definitions used as the basis for measurement in two related domains in the British context: large-scale nationally representative workforce surveys and personal injury litigation. Together, these contribute to informing policy and practice on tackling the challenge to occupational health presented by work-related stress.

The thesis begins by placing the subject matter in its applied context through a consideration of research and policy imperatives for the development of case definitions for work-related stress. This is followed by a series of studies that employ a systematic review methodology and qualitative methodologies including template analysis and content analysis to explore the use, consequences and development of case definitions used in the two domains of interest. Relationships between both sets of case definitions are explored and implications for research, policy and practice considered. The studies culminate with a critical discourse analytic investigation into the media representation of the case definition used in personal injury litigation for work-related stress and its possible contribution to informing activities on tackling and defining work-related stress. The final chapter brings together the results and conclusions from preceeding chapters. It considers some possible ways forward in the study of case definitions for work-related stress that might contribute to improvements in the occupational health of the nation’s workforce.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Cox, T.R.
Griffiths, A.J.
Keywords: work-related stress, case definition, occupational health psychology, survey, personal injury litigation.
Subjects: H Social sciences > HF Commerce
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > Institute of Work, Health and Organisations
Item ID: 10682
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009 12:38
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2017 15:23

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