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Handbook of Mental Health in the Workplace

Handbook of Mental Health in the Workplace

Edited by:
  • Jay C. Thomas - Pacific University, USA
  • Michel Hersen - School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, USA, Pacific University, USA

August 2002 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Organizations need to contend with issues related to disruptive psychopathological behavior that in years past may have been swept under the rug. Also, clinicians are more aware that their clients' mental health concerns are influenced by the workplace and that treatment without regard to what happens at work is not apt to be successful.

The Handbook of Mental Health in the Workplace explores how psychological disorders impact the ability to work and recommends treatments and their likely side effects. It is designed to give the mental health clinician, I/O psychologist, and human resources manager the information they need to determine the employee's fitness for work and what, if any, accommodations may be needed.

The handbook is divided into five parts:

Part I: General Issues
Presents an overview of the field and outlines the legal rights and responsibilities for employees and employers.

Part II: Working Conditions, Life Stressors, and Mental Health
Presents the current research on job stress and its effects on mental health, the effects of work-family conflicts, women's health issues, and organizational interventions for reducing stress and conflict.

Part III: Effects of Psychopathology on Work
Provides detailed descriptions of the most common forms of psychopathology that may affect the workplace.

Part IV: Effects of Disruptive Behavior at Work
Explores behavior that may not relate to standard diagnostic categories but has clear mental health implications. This includes anger and violence, poor social skills, the effects of abuse, exposure to traumatic events, passive-aggressive behavior, and grieving.

Part V: Organizational Practice and Mental Health
Presents the mental health considerations for designing organizational policy, job analysis, and accommodations for the disabled.

This handbook should prove beneficial to human resources professionals, mental health practitioners, I/O psychologists, and administrators of employee assistance programs (EAPs). Graduate students and professors in psychology and management will also find this a valuable reference.

Jay C. Thomas; Jeffrey Hite
1. Mental Health in the Workplace: Toward an Integration of Organizational & Clinical Theory, Research, & Practice
H. John Bernardin & Barbara A. Lee
2. Mental Health & Disabilities, the Employer, & the Law
Valerie J. Sutherland & Cary L. Cooper
3. Models of Job Stress
Carlla S. Smith, Lorne M. Sulsky, & Krista L. Uggeslav
4. Effects of Job Stress on Mental & Physical Health
Leslie B. Hammer, Cari L. Colton, Suzanne Caubet, & Krista J. Brockwood
5. The Unbalanced Life: Work & Family Conflict
Terry A. Beehr & Michael P. O'Driscoll
6. Organizationally Targeted Interventions Aimed at Reducing Workplace Stress
Paula Truax & Tracy McDonald
7. Major Depression
Edward S. Friedman; Andrea Fagiolini; Michael E. Thase
8. Bi-Polar Disorder
Erin L. Scott, David M. Fresco, & Richard G. Heimberg
9. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Scott F. Coffey, Brian P. Marx, & Deborah A. Roth
10. Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, & Panic Disorder
Walter Penk, Charles Drebing, & Russell Schutt
11. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Kim T. Mueser & Deborah R. Becker
12. Schizophrenia
Brian P. O'Connor & Kristin N. Barr
13. Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Brian C. Goff
14. Borderline Personality Disorder
David H. Gleaves & Antonio Cepeda-Benito
15. Eating Disorders
Charles J. Golden
16. Traumatic Brain Injury
Christina S. McCrae, Heith Durrence, & Kenneth L. Lichstein
17. Insomnia
Paul M. Roman & Suzanne C. Baker
18. Alcohol & Drug Problem Management in the Workplace
Lindsay Ham, Melanie Van Dyke, & Debra A. Hope
19. Social Dysfunction in the Workplace
Robert Hogan & John L. McNulty
20. Anger, Hostility, & Violence in the Workplace
Tahira M. Probst & Donna A. Johns
21. Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace
Gary Johns
22. Absenteeism
John F. Binning & Edward E. Wagner
23. Passive-Aggressive Behavior in the Workplace
Daniel J. Svyantek & Linda L. Brown
24. Dysfunctional Behavior in the Workplace & Organizational Design, Climate, & Culture
Steven Cronshaw & Brenda L. Kenyon
25. An Application Model Relating the Essential Functions of a Job to Mental Disabilities
Lois Tetrick & Leah P. Toney
26. Job Accommodations for Mental Health Disabilities
Author Index
Subject Index
Key features


  • Top names, both editing the book and contributing to it, provide readers with the latest research and most up-to-date developments in this area.
  • Division into five parts: 1) General Issues, 2) Working Conditions, Life Stressors, & Mental Health, 3) Effects of Psychopathology on Work, 4) Effects of Disruptive Behavior at Work, and 5) Organizational Practice and Mental Health.
  • To ensure cross chapter consistency, the chapters in Part III (the core of the book, addressing specific psychopathologies) have an identical format with the following basic sections: description of the disorder; epidemiology; assessment; clinical picture with case description showing in detail how the disorder impacts the workplace (when possible this section will include common functional losses); precipitating conditions (including workplace stressors); course and prognosis (including referral strategies); recommended data-based treatments; maintenance of gains/relapse prevention; summary.


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