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Public Health | Bridging Occupational, Organizational and Public Health - A Transdisciplinary Approach

Bridging Occupational, Organizational and Public Health

A Transdisciplinary Approach

Bauer, Georg F., Hämmig, Oliver

2014, VIII, 249 p. 25 illus., 4 illus. in color.

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  • The first book to explore synergies between occupational, organizational and public health more systematically
  • Focus on social determinants of health in general and psychosocial factors at work in particular 
  • Addresses future directions of public and organizational health research

In our complex, fast changing society, health is strongly influenced by the continuously changing interactions between organisations and their employees. Three major fields contribute to health-oriented improvements of these interactions: occupational health, organizational health and public health. As currently only partial links exist amongst these fields, the book aims to explore potential synergies more systematically.

Considering the high mental and social demands in a service and knowledge sector economy, the first part of the book focuses on work-related psychosocial factors. As a large proportion of inequalities in health in developed countries can be explained by inequalities in working conditions, those psychosocial factors with a particularly high public health impact are highlighted.

As addressing these psychosocial factors requires to involve the organization as the key change agent, the second part covers approaches to improve public health through organizational level health interventions.

The last section takes a look into the future of occupational, organizational and public health: what are the future challenges regarding occupational health and how can they be tackled within and beyond the organizational level.

Overall, this integrating book will help to broaden the evidence-base, legitimacy and efficacy of occupational- and organizational-level health interventions and thus increase their public health impact.


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Changing societies - Health inequalities - Mental and social demands - Occupational health - Organisations and employees - Organizational health - Public health - Work-related psychosocial factors

Related subjects » Organization - Human Resource Management - Personality & Social Psychology - Public Health - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

G. F. Bauer & O. Hämmig: Bridging Occupational, Organizational and Public Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach.- PART I. Psychosocial Factors in Occupational & Organizational health - a Key Public Health Issue.- J. Siegrist: Social Inequalities in Work and Health in a Globalized Economy.- S. Cartwright, C. Cooper: Towards Organizational Health: Stress, Positive Organizational Behavior, Employee Well-Being.- W. Schaufeli, T. Taris: A Critical Review of the Job Demands-Resources Model: Implications for Improving   Work and Health.-    B. Danuser: The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Musculoskeletal Disorders.- B. Badura: The Impact of Social Capital on the Health and Performance of Organizations.-PART II. Improving Public and Organizational Health.- S. Hoffmann, G. Jenny & G.F. Bauer: Capacity Building as a Key Mechanism of Organizational   Health Development.- G.F. Bauer, K. Lehmann, A. Blum-Rüegg & G. Jenny: Systemic Consulting for Organizational Health Development: Theory and Practice.- J. Pelikan, H. Schmied & C. Dietscher: Improving Organizational Health: The Case of Health Promoting Hospitals.- O. Hämmig: Integration of Work and Personal Life as a Key Factor for Individual, Organizational and Public Health.- PART III. Beyond Organizational Health: Social and Political Issues.- C. Keyes: Mental Health as a Complete State: The Salutogenic Perspective Completes the Picture.- S. Geurts: Recovery from work during off-job time.- P. Jiranek, R. Brauchli & T. Wehner: Beyond Paid Work: Voluntary work and its Salutogenic Implications for Society.- S. Leka, A. Jain: Policy Approaches to Occupational and Organizational Health.

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