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Theoretical and Methodological Problems Within Occupational Stress and Burnout Research:

Theoretical and Methodological Problems Within Occupational Stress and Burnout Research: This article examines the implicit assumptions underlying current research into occupational stress and burnout. It argues that the two fields utilize similar theoretical models and research techniques and therefore have a number of problems in common. These problems arise from their common tendency to adopt a psychological perspective which pays insufficient attention to the complexity of the interrelationship between social conditions and subjective experience. The article suggests that both fields could be strengthened by incorporating more sociological concepts and developing analyses of the effects which discrepancies between the manifest and latent functions and surface and deep structures of organizations have on the individual's subjective experiences of work. The value of such analyses is illustrated with three examples of empirical research utilizing this perspective. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Relations SAGE

Theoretical and Methodological Problems Within Occupational Stress and Burnout Research:

Human Relations , Volume 41 (5): 19 – Apr 22, 2016

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SAGE
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Copyright © 2019 by The Tavistock Institute
ISSN
0018-7267
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1741-282X
DOI
10.1177/001872678804100501
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Abstract

This article examines the implicit assumptions underlying current research into occupational stress and burnout. It argues that the two fields utilize similar theoretical models and research techniques and therefore have a number of problems in common. These problems arise from their common tendency to adopt a psychological perspective which pays insufficient attention to the complexity of the interrelationship between social conditions and subjective experience. The article suggests that both fields could be strengthened by incorporating more sociological concepts and developing analyses of the effects which discrepancies between the manifest and latent functions and surface and deep structures of organizations have on the individual's subjective experiences of work. The value of such analyses is illustrated with three examples of empirical research utilizing this perspective.

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Human RelationsSAGE

Published: Apr 22, 2016

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