Explanatory Models in Occupational Health Psychology

  • Per Øystein SaksvikEmail author


There are a number of models that are designed to provide insight into the correlation between the concepts that are usually included in our understanding of the relationship between occupation and health. The most famous models have been used in numerous empirical studies and have received diverse support. Among the concepts that recur in several of the models, “demands of the job” has been solidly established as an important factor, even though it has been discussed whether a quantitative claim (e.g., high tempo) or a qualitative claim (e.g., difficult customers) is most influential concerning health. Which factors are most influential also has a relation to how the workforce develops from an industry-dominated to knowledge-dominated working life. This chapter seeks to systematize different models that are in play when explaining occupational health psychology. The idea is not to give a thorough introduction to each and every model; rather, the intention is to find which principles are embedded in the different models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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