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The Psychosocial Work Environment, Employee Mental Health and Organizational Interventions: Improving Research and Practice by taking a Multilevel Approach

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Martin, A and Karanika-Murray, M and Biron, C and Sanderson, Kristy, The Psychosocial Work Environment, Employee Mental Health and Organizational Interventions: Improving Research and Practice by taking a Multilevel Approach, Stress and Health pp. online. ISSN 1532-3005 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/smi.2593

Abstract

Although there have been several calls for incorporating multiple levels of analysis in employee health and well-being research, studies examining the interplay between individual, workgroup, organizational and broader societal factors in relation to employee mental health outcomes remain an exception rather than the norm. At the same time, organizational intervention research and practice also tends to be limited by a single-level focus, omitting potentially important influences at multiple levels of analysis. The aims of this conceptual paper are to help progress our understanding of work-related determinants of employee mental health by the following: (1) providing a rationale for routine multilevel assessment of the psychosocial work environment; (2) discussing how a multilevel perspective can improve related organizational interventions; and (3) highlighting key theoretical and methodological considerations relevant to these aims. We present five recommendations for future research, relating to using appropriate multilevel research designs, justifying group-level constructs, developing group-level measures, expanding investigations to the organizational level and developing multilevel approaches to intervention design, implementation and evaluation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:psychosocial work environment; mental health; multilevel; job stress; organizational interventions; intervention evaluation
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Organisation and Management Theory
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and Institutional Development
Objective Field:Employment Patterns and Change
Author:Martin, A (Associate Professor Angela Martin)
Author:Sanderson, Kristy (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:92489
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2014-06-19
Last Modified:2015-04-23
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