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Volume 8 Issue 2 (April 1987), Pages fmi-fmi, 95-186

Studying job stress: Are we making mountains out of molehills? (pages 115-126)


Job stress researchers are urged to examine job conditions which threaten workers' experienced quality of life. The relationship between measures of job‐related strains and well‐being is discussed. Past theorizing and research suggests that it is not safe to assume that job conditions which have an adverse impact on affective reactions to the job (a frequently used indicator of job strain) will also have a negative impact on overall subjective well‐being. One set of job conditions which may be particularly relevant for well‐being is identified and discussed, namely those conditions related to the economic instrumentality of work. Finally, some methodological suggestions for future research in the job stress area are offered.

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