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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.   

Harassment and Discrimination
Harassment and discrimination
Kathleen M.RospendaJudith A.Richman

In recent years, there has been exponential growth in research on specific types of workplace harassment and discrimination—particularly sexual harassment and racial discrimination. However, there is a dearth of literature on the overall experience of workplace harassment and discrimination, that is, whether and how these experiences overlap, what general theories apply to this broad class of workplace stressors, and whether experiences of different kinds of harassment and discrimination lead to similar outcomes. In fact, anecdotal accounts of harassment and discrimination tend to indicate that different types of harassment and discrimination frequently occur together (e.g., “gendered racism,” Essed, 1991), suggesting that distinctions between types may be artificial. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is to synthesize the literatures on ...

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