Employee Assistance Programs
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Bray, J. W., Karutzos, G. and MacDermind, S. M. 2010. Employee Assistance Programs. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Employee assistance programs (EAPs) are workplace programs offered by employers to employees that assist troubled employees and their family members with a variety of issues, ranging from financial and legal concerns to mental health and substance abuse problems. EAPs traditionally focus on these problems as they affect workplace performance, but EAPs are broadening their focus to include the full range of work-life issues. The EAP movement in the United States grew out of industrial alcohol programs in the 1950s and saw its biggest growth during the 1980s. It was during the 1980s that most EAPs moved from primarily alcohol-focused programs to the multi-issue or broad-brush programs that they are today.
- employee assistance program;
- health promotion