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Questions about the causes or sources of work stress have been the subject of considerable research, as well as public fascination, for several decades. Earlier interest in this issue focused on the question of whether some jobs are simply more inherently stressful than others. Other questions that soon emerged asked whether some individuals were more prone to stress than others. The Handbook of Work Stress focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.   

Chapter 1: Editors' Overview: Sources of Work Stress

Editors' Overview: Sources of Work Stress
Editors' overview: Sources of work stress

In one way or another, the questions of the causes or sources of work stress have attracted considerable empirical attention and public fascination for several decades. This interest has coalesced around several fundamental questions: Are some jobs inherently more stressful than others? Are some individuals more prone to stress than others? In this first section of this handbook, the contributors identify and discuss different sources of work stress.

Terry Beehr and Sharon Glazer's chapter starts this section with their focus on one of the most widely studied stressors, namely organizational role stressors. Research on role stressors has been conducted for at least 40 years (Kahn, Wolfe, Quinn, Snoek, & Rosenthal, 1964) with two meta-analyses having ...

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