Stress and violence in the workplace: Theory and practice

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Cathryne L. Schmitz, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Work in the human services-whether on the frontlines or as a policy analyst, gram writer, researcher, manager, or teacher-is potentially satisfying and rewarding. It can also be extremely stressful, beyond the expectations of those starting out in a career. Educators are sometimes reluctant to cell students about the extent of the stress they might encounter in work, fearing that to do so might frighten them. Yet students, new entrants to practice, and seasoned workers find it helpful to receive information that normalizes the impacts of work pressures. They need the tools to identify unreasonable expectations and the knowledge to challenge those expectations. When overstressed workers receive information that recognizes the negative impacts of highly demanding and poorly resourced jobs, they often feel relieved. Critical sociological perspectives help us to challenge discourses that pathologize workers who become distressed when they face pressures, lack appropriate control over professional decisions, or receive too little support. Social work knowledge builds on these theoretical insights, adding to them with understandings derived from practice.

Additional Information

K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs, Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice (pp. 141-156). United Kingdom: Palgrave.
Language: English
Date: 2015
social work, mobbing, workplace violence, workplace stress

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