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Johan Fritzell and Olle Lundberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347589

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347589.001.0001

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Work stress and health: is the association moderated by sense of coherence?

Work stress and health: is the association moderated by sense of coherence?

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Five Work stress and health: is the association moderated by sense of coherence?
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Health inequalities and welfare resources
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Susanna Toivanen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347589.003.0005

This chapter focuses on whether personality characteristics, in terms of sense of coherence (Antonovsky et al, 1990; Sagy et al, 1990), may buffer against the adverse effects of work stress exposures. It notes that Antonovsky puts forward a salutogenic explanation as to why some people remain healthy while experiencing adverse circumstances. It explains that people may be better equipped to resist daily stressors and to stay in good health if they have a strong sense of coherence. It combines these two strands of research in the analyses and considers whether sense of coherence acts as a buffer against health hazards at the workplace.

Keywords:   personality characteristics, sense of coherence, work stress, Antonovsky, salutogenic explanation, good health, health hazards

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