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The ecology of stress in work-related human systems

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dc.contributor.advisor Snyders, Frederik Jacobus Albertus, 1946- Jacobson, Julia Dienes 2015-01-23T04:24:49Z 2015-01-23T04:24:49Z 1994-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Jacobson, Julia Dienes (1994) The ecology of stress in work-related human systems, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Individual distress in the work-place has been cited as the cause of enormous loss of productivity and income, and has therefore attracted much attention from researchers and therapists alike. However, an extensive literature study reveals that in the field of work-related distress and its management, there appears to be discontinuity, a diversity of opinion and even confusion with regard to definitions, causes and possible remedies for the problem. It is suggested that this situation has been brought about and is being perpetuated by the Newtonian/Cartesian epistemological foundation on which most thinking in the field is based. It is further suggested that an epistemology informed by ecosystemic, constructivist principles could facilitate a way of thinking which would be more useful in this context. A case study was done in accordance with the above-mentioned ideas, which served as an investigation of their usefulness in a situation of reported work-related stress. On the basis of the information which emerged from the study, it is concluded that an ecosystemic approach can indeed provide a useful basis for understanding such situations. Furthermore, it is suggested that there are certain commonalities between such situations which are primarily founded in contexts in which the individual finds himself faced with contradictory demands which are not acknowledged as such. Finally, the point is made that if, in accordance with a constructivist viewpoint, "stress" is understood to be a social construction rather than an absolute condition, then the traditional way of thinking provides us with descriptions of man, society and the relationship between them, which are negative and may also be reflexively destructive. However, since constructivism allows for a different construction to be brought forth, we may utilise ecosystemic thinking to provide a more optimistic view. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 152 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Stress en
dc.subject Work stress en
dc.subject Stress diagnosis en
dc.subject Stress management en
dc.subject Ecology of stress en
dc.subject Work-related systems en
dc.subject Ecosystemic epistemology en
dc.subject Social construction of stress en
dc.subject Symptoms en
dc.subject.ddc 158.7
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Industrial en
dc.subject.lcsh Job stress en
dc.subject.lcsh Stress management en
dc.title The ecology of stress in work-related human systems en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Psychology D. Litt. et Phil. (Psychology) en

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