Why We Work: Psychological Meaning and Effects


Disability and disability-related assessments require an understanding of the relationship between the evaluee’s internal world and external circumstances. The meaning of work and the psychological effects of both work unemployment on an evaluee’s mental health are major elements that influence an evaluee’s internal world. The dynamic between the evaluee’s internal world and external circumstances can turn upon the meaning an evaluee ascribes to work, the psychological effects of work, disability, or unemployment upon the evaluee, and/or changes in these psychologically powerful forces. The other major internal factor in the dynamic relationship individuals have with their work, mental disorders and their effect on work functioning, will be reviewed in the next chapter.


Mental Health Mental Health Professional Psychological Effect Emotional Exhaustion Occupational Stress 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown University Medical CenterArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Southern Methodist University Dedman School of LawDallasUSA

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