Psychosocial Safety Climate

A New Work Stress Theory

  • Maureen F. Dollard
  • Christian Dormann
  • Mohd Awang Idris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Psychosocial Safety Climate: Evolution in Theory and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maureen F. Dollard, Christian Dormann, Mohd Awang Idris
      Pages 3-30
    3. Amy Zadow, Maureen F. Dollard, Linda Parker, Kylie Storey
      Pages 31-75
  3. Impacts of PSC on Workers (Cognitive Decline, Mental Health Problems, Boredom, Personal Initiative and Engagement)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Ashlee Wilton, Sarven McLinton, Maureen F. Dollard
      Pages 109-128
    3. Valdrin Krasniqi, Yulita, Mohd Awang Idris, Maureen F. Dollard
      Pages 129-148
    4. Michelle Chin Chin Lee, Mohd Awang Idris
      Pages 149-168
    5. Maureen F. Dollard, Peter Winwood, Michelle R. Tuckey
      Pages 169-198
    6. Carly Taylor, Maureen F. Dollard, Anna Clark, Christian Dormann, Arnold B. Bakker
      Pages 199-228
    7. May Young Loh, Mohd Awang Idris, Maureen F. Dollard
      Pages 229-250
    8. Rachael E. Potter, Tessa S. Bailey, Maureen F. Dollard
      Pages 251-270
  4. Innovations in Method

  5. Interventions, Measurement, Research, Practical and Policy Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Caroline Biron, Geneviève Baril-Gingras, Rebecca Lefebvre, Shirley Chabot, Stéphanie Boulay-Leclerc
      Pages 365-384
    3. Maureen F. Dollard
      Pages 385-409
    4. Maureen F. Dollard, Tessa Bailey
      Pages 411-430
    5. Christian Dormann, Maureen F. Dollard, Mohd Awang Idris
      Pages 431-449

About this book


This book is a valuable, comprehensive and unique reference text on Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC), a new work stress theory. It proposes a new PSC theory concerning the corporate climate for workers’ psychological health, its origins and implications for work stress, and provides a critique of current research and theories. It provides a comprehensive review of all PSC studies to date. The chapters discuss state-of-the-art empirical evidence testing PSC theory in relation to management roles, organisational resilience, corruption, organisational status, cultural perspectives, illegitimate tasks, high PSC work groups, PSC variability in work groups, etc. They investigate outcomes such as psychological distress, emotional exhaustion, depression, worry, engagement, health, cognitive decline, personal initiative, boredom, cynicism, sickness absence, and productivity loss, in various workplace settings across many countries. This unique book allows practitioners to rapidly update practical measures, benchmarks and processes, and provides students and trainees with an introduction to PSC and important concepts and methods, quantitative and qualitative, in occupational health with leads to further sources. Students as well as experts on occupational health and safety, human resource management, occupational health psychology, organisational psychology and practitioners, unions and policy makers will find this book highly informative. It covers relevant materials for undergraduate and postgraduate education, drawing upon the concepts, topics and methods (diary, multilevel, longitudinal, qualitative, data linkage) within the multidisciplinary occupational health area.


Psychosocial Safety Climate Psychosocial Risk Work Stress Occupational Health Management Engagement Measurement

Editors and affiliations

  • Maureen F. Dollard
    • 1
  • Christian Dormann
    • 2
  • Mohd Awang Idris
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Workplace Excellence, and the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and SafetyA WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health, University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, Management and EconomicsJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversiti MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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