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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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FIGUEROA, Nora Leibovich de et al. An Instrument to Evaluate Psychosocial Stressors in the Employment Context. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2001, vol.14, n.3, pp.653-659. ISSN 0102-7972.

The contexts in which human activities occur show distinctive characteristics with important implications when evaluation procedures are developed and administered. The employment context is important for many people in our society. Moos has developed a socioecological conceptual frame in which the relationships among stressful events and adaptative behaviors are influenced by personal and contextual systems, social network resources, and evaluation and coping responses. The objective of this paper is to present an instrument (IMPAL) that measures the degree of uneasiness (excessive, moderate, limited) caused by events related to: physical environment at work, factors inherent to the task, organization of work time, institutional aspects, technological changes and personal aspects. Results of the impact of specific stressors of the employment context in the sample studied are presented. The instrument showed sensitivity to assess the impact of daily stressors in the employment context and arranging hierarchically the areas where the stressors originate.

Keywords : Psychosocial stressors; occupational stress; contexts; employment.

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