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An Introduction to Contemporary Work Psychology

Maria C.W. Peeters (Editor), Jan de Jonge (Editor), Toon W. Taris (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-65250-3 October 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 512 Pages



This is the first comprehensive overview of work psychology, with coverage of classic models, current theories, and contemporary issues affecting the 21st-century worker.


  • Examines the positive aspects of work–motivation, performance, creativity, and engagement—instead of focusing only on adverse effects
  • Edited by leaders in the field with chapters written by a global team of experts from the US, UK, Europe,  and Australia
  • Discusses topics such as safety at work, technology, working times, work-family interaction, working in teams , recovery, job demands and job resources, and sickness absence
  • Suitable for advanced courses focused on work psychology as a sub discipline of work and organizational psychology
  • Didactic features include questions for discussion, boxes with practical applications, further reading sections, and a glossary

About the Editors vii

About the Contributors viii

Part A Introduction 1

1 Introduction: People at Work 3
Maria C. W. Peeters, Toon W. Taris and Jan de Jonge

2 Research Methods in Work Psychology 31
E. Kevin Kelloway and Arla Day

Part B Theoretical Perspectives on Work 61

3 The Models that Made Job Design 63
Kevin Daniels, Pascale M. Le Blanc and Matthew Davis

4 Current Theoretical Perspectives in Work Psychology 89
Jan de Jonge, Evangelia Demerouti and Christian Dormann

Part C Demands 115

5 Quantitative Job Demands 117
Marc van Veldhoven

6 Qualitative Demands at Work 144
Dieter Zapf, Norbert K. Semmer and Sheena Johnson

Part D Context 169

7 Job Control and Social Aspects of Work 171
Norbert K. Semmer and Terry A. Beehr

8 Recovery from Demanding Work Hours 196
Sabine A. E. Geurts, Debby G. J. Beckers and Philip Tucker

9 The Design and Use of Work Technologies 220
Patrick Waterson

Part E The Worker 241

10 Individual Characteristics and Work-related Outcomes 243
Beatrice van der Heijden, Karen van Dam, Despoina Xanthopoulou and Annet H. de Lange

11 Work–Family Interaction 267
Ulla Kinnunen, Johanna Rantanen, Saija Mauno and Maria C. W. Peeters

Part F Outcomes 291

12 Burnout, Boredom and Engagement in the Workplace 293
Wilmar B. Schaufeli and Marisa Salanova

13 Job Satisfaction, Motivation and Performance 321
Nathan A. Bowling

14 Safety at Work 342
Nik Chmiel and Toon W. Taris

15 Sickness Absence and Sickness Presence 367
Rita Claes

Part G Interventions 391

16 Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace: Prevention and Intervention 393
Silvia Pignata, Caroline Biron and Maureen F. Dollard

17 Job Crafting 414
Evangelia Demerouti and Arnold B. Bakker

18 Teams at Work 434
Amanda L. Thayer, Ramón Rico, Eduardo Salas and Shannon L. Marlow

19 Positive Interventions: From Prevention to Amplification 458
Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan and Dale A. Sundermann

Index 481

“The book is targeted at students of work and organisational psychology but it could certainly be of interest for advanced study in related fields. For a book of this quality the paperback version represents excellent value for money and would be a useful introductory text to anyone studying the psychology of work.” (Occupational Health At Work, 1 August 2014)