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Effects of occupational stress management intervention programs: A meta-analysis

Available Online http://content.apa.org/journals/ocp/13/1/69.html
Author Katherine M. Richardson and Hannah R. Rothstein
Source Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
Source Type Journal Article

This article provides an empirical review of stress management interventions, employing meta-analysis procedures. A total of 36 studies were included, which represented 55 stress interventions. The average length of intervention was 7.4 weeks. The overall effect across the studies was .526, which is equivalent to a medium to large effect, indicating that, in general, stress interventions are effective, though the predominant outcome measures targeted psychological outcomes rather than performance or physiological outcomes. The results also revealed that relaxation interventions were the most frequent type of intervention. Further, there were few stress interventions focused at the organizational level. More specific results also indicated that cognitive-behavioral interventions produced larger effects than other types of interventions.

Keywords stress management, meta-analysis, employee intervention

Richardson, K. M., & Rothsetin, H. R. (2008). Effects of occupational stress management intervention programs: A meta-analysis. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 13(1), 69-93.

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