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Destroying SanctuaryThe Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems$
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Sandra L. Bloom and Brian Farragher

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374803.001.0001

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“I Gotta Get Out of This Place”: Workplace Stress as a Threat to Public Health

“I Gotta Get Out of This Place”: Workplace Stress as a Threat to Public Health

(p.61) Chapter 2 “I Gotta Get Out of This Place”: Workplace Stress as a Threat to Public Health
Destroying Sanctuary

Sandra L. Bloom

Brian Farragher

Oxford University Press

Most people may not recognize that stress has become a major risk for a wide variety of health and mental health problems, although when surveyed most people talk passionately about the stress they confront at work. Nowhere is that more true than in human services. It is impossible to understand the full impact of the last thirty years of changes in human service delivery without understanding the impact of acute and chronic stress on workers at every level of the system. This chapter reviews what is known so far about the magnitude of stress impacting daily existence with a specific focus on workplace stressors. The issue of workplace stress is a public health problem of enormous proportion, not dissimilar to what existed two hundred years ago before we understood that microbes cause disease, only now the infectious agent is violence in all of its forms.

Keywords:   workplace stress, workplace trauma, downsizing, turnover, Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs Study, burnout, germ theory, job complexity, role definition

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