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Occupational Stress

  1. M. Sandy Hershcovis,
  2. Tara C. Reich

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0621

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Hershcovis, M. S. and Reich, T. C. 2010. Occupational Stress. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. University of Manitoba, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Occupational stress poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of employees as well as potential costs to organizations. Occupational stressors are stress-producing events or conditions in an organization and can include factors associated with one's work role (e.g., role ambiguity, overload, work-family conflict, and interpersonal conflict), the social context of the work environment (e.g., workplace aggression, injustice, sexual harassment), and the physical work environment (e.g., safety, spatial organization, ambient environment).


  • aggression;
  • job demands;
  • role theory;
  • stress;
  • strain