The Positive Side of Occupational Health Psychology

  • Marit Christensen
  • Per Øystein Saksvik
  • Maria Karanika-Murray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Per Øystein Saksvik
    Pages 19-32
  3. Thomas Christian Espenes, Fay Giæver
    Pages 33-44
  4. Karoline Grødal
    Pages 65-77
  5. Marit Christensen
    Pages 79-90
  6. Per Øystein Saksvik
    Pages 91-98
  7. Martin Schrøder, Marit Christensen, Siw Tone Innstrand, Anette Fjeld
    Pages 99-113
  8. Karianne Kvalheim, Marit Christensen, Siw Tone Innstrand
    Pages 115-123
  9. Per Øystein Saksvik, Karoline Grødal, Maria Karanika-Murray
    Pages 125-134
  10. Per Øystein Saksvik, Maria Karanika-Murray
    Pages 135-153

About this book


This book serves as an introduction to the Nordic approach to Occupational Health Psychology and illustrates how this perspective can be transferred to a global audience. It discusses a joining of attitudes from Positive Psychology accompanied by experiences drawn from the Nordic work/life context. Over the decades, Nordic countries have gathered a great deal of experience on the meaningfulness of work, work engagement, presenteeism, absenteeism, job crafting, work family balance, intervention and reorganization.  These experiences are explained and offered as a different approach to Occupational Health Psychology, while avoiding the more traditional detrimental topics such as stress, conflict burnout and poor well-being. Instead the authors discuss subjects such as engagement, healthy change, prosperity and welfare and are applied to the current ideas on Occupational Health Science. This book shows that using interdisciplinary observations can help our understanding of modern worker health. It offers gives readers an opportunity to consider how a combination of good work and good health can be stimulated in theory and in practice.


health psychology occupational health occupational health psychology the meaning of work work engagement job crafting intervention research health change at work healthy organizations contemporary work issues stimulating health at work positive occupational health psychology positive psychology Nordic work life

Editors and affiliations

  • Marit Christensen
    • 1
  • Per Øystein Saksvik
    • 2
  • Maria Karanika-Murray
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNTNUTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyNTNUTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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