6. Stress Management Interventions

  1. Philip J. Dewe,
  2. Michael P. O'Driscoll and
  3. Cary L. Cooper

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch6

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

How to Cite

Dewe, P. J., O'Driscoll, M. P. and Cooper, C. L. (2010) Stress Management Interventions, in Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470997666

Online ISBN: 9780470711712



  • stress management interventions;
  • cost (financial and human) of stress - for individuals, families, work colleagues and employers;
  • ‘stress management intervention’ (SMI) - importance of interventions;
  • conceptual framework for SMI;
  • employee assistance programmes (EAPs);
  • organizationally focused interventions - responsibility for stress management, shared by employer and management;
  • primary interventions, ways to reduce strain - in work environment, to eliminate sources of strain;
  • research evidence for effectiveness of approaches - reducing work-related stress in longer term, being mixed;
  • SMIs focus on modifying appraisals - impact of potential stressor reduced;
  • significant challenges for employers and managers - joint responsibility for prevention and management of excessive stress


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Conceptual framework for stress management interventions

  • Evaluating stress management interventions

  • Factors influencing the effectiveness of stress management interventions

  • Some guidelines for effective interventions

  • Conclusions