12. Occupational Health Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin3,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD4,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)5,
  4. Michael Kyrios6,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier7 and
  6. José M. Prieto8
  1. José M. Peiró1 and
  2. Lois Tetrick2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch12

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Peiró, J. M. and Tetrick, L. (2011) Occupational Health Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 4

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 5

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 8

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Valencia, Spain

  2. 2

    George Mason University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • occupational health psychology;
  • psychology, since beginning of 20th century - helping to make workplaces more human and productive;
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - defining OHP as “the application of psychology in improving quality of work life, and to protecting and promoting safety, health and well-being of workers”;
  • model to describe the current scope of OHP;
  • individual - intervention (knowledge and skills) - monitoring and management of sickness absence and return to work;
  • social, groups and work units - explanatory (knowledge and skills), social support, relationships at work;
  • employees working in organizations, as social environments - linking environmental factors and health, OHP focus, linking work context and health;
  • group level - social support and organizational climate - influence on health and well-being of humans;
  • leaders, influencing other stressors - which in turn will reduce employees' strain, enhancing their well-being;
  • OHP, needing to develop a global perspective - and OHP to incorporate, placing more emphasis on positive health


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Scope of the Field

  • Achievements and Challenges in Relevant Areas

  • Final Comments

  • References