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Workplace Phobia: Psychological and Psychophysiological Mechanisms


Haines, J and Williams, CL and Carson, JM, Workplace Phobia: Psychological and Psychophysiological Mechanisms, International Journal of Stress Management, 9, (3) pp. 129-145. ISSN 1072-5245 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1015518030340


The aim of this study was to determine if a group of individuals who exhibited phobic avoidance of the workplace could be identified in terms of their psychological and psychophysiological responses to stressful work events. Workphobic, work-stressed, and nonstressed control groups' responses to a stressful work event and a neutral event were compared using personalized guided imagery scripts. Each script was divided into 4 stages to examine participants' responses as they developed during the course of the event. All participants demonstrated increased psychophysiological arousal and psychological response to stressful work events in comparison with neutral events. Also, the work-phobic group demonstrated a markedly elevated heart rate response and subjective reports of fear that distinguished them from the other groups. The development of the phobic avoidance response was discussed in terms of learning theory.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Haines, J (Dr Janet Haines)
UTAS Author:Williams, CL (Dr Christopher Williams)
UTAS Author:Carson, JM (Dr Jacqueline Carson)
ID Code:23937
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-08

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