Chapter 13. Acute Stress at Work

  1. Cary L. Cooper Professor Editor-in-Chief President Chair Fellow3,
  2. Dr. James Campbell Quick Professor Fellow4 and
  3. Marc J. Schabracq health psychologist consultant5
  1. Rolf J. Kleber1 and
  2. Peter G. van der Velden2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682357.ch13

International Handbook of Work and Health Psychology, Third Edition

International Handbook of Work and Health Psychology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Kleber, R. J. and van der Velden, P. G. (2009) Acute Stress at Work, in International Handbook of Work and Health Psychology, Third Edition (eds C. L. Cooper, J. C. Quick and M. J. Schabracq), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682357.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW, UK

  2. 4

    Goolsby Leadership Academy, The University of Texas at Arlington, PO Box 19377, Arlington, TX 76019-0377, USA

  3. 5

    Human Factor Development, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. 1

    Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Institute for Psychotrauma, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470998069

Online ISBN: 9780470682357



  • acute stress at work;
  • extreme experiences in work and confrontations with violence or accidents;
  • scientific approaches to job stress;
  • core beliefs or basic assumptions – illusions being shattered;
  • process of coping with acute stress;
  • long-term disturbances;
  • Self-Rating Scale for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (SRS-PTSD);
  • acute stress and nature of stressor - playing a dominant role;
  • intervention programme for victimized employees;
  • adequate psychosocial crisis management


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is Acute Stress?

  • Theoretical Background

  • The Process of Coping

  • Long-Term Disturbances

  • Risk Factors

  • Intervention

  • Conclusions

  • References