Stress Management in Work Settings: A Critical Review of the Health Effects

The effectiveness of stress interventions varied according to the health-outcome measure used; some techniques were more effective for psychologic outcomes, whereas others were more effective for physiologic outcomes

Lawrence R. Murphy

2011

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  • The effectiveness of stress interventions varied according to the health-outcome measure used; some techniques were more effective for psychologic outcomes, whereas others were more effective for physiologic outcomes
  • The large number of different stress-management techniques coupled with the wide range of health outcome measures used in stress intervention studies makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions about the efficacy of each technique and each outcome
  • None of the stress interventions was consistently effective in producing effects on job/organization-relevant outcomes, such as absenteeism or job satisfaction
  • It can be said that stress management in work settings can be effective in enhancing worker physical and psychologic health, but the choice of which stress-management technique to use should be based on the specific health outcomes that are targeted for change

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