The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Working

ISBN : 9780199758791

David L. Blustein
346 ページ
183 x 260 mm
Oxford Library of Psychology




Work is a central aspect of life, providing a source of structure, a means of survival, connection to others, and optimally a means of self-determination. Across the globe, people devote considerable time and effort in preparing for, adjusting to, and managing their work lives. Many of the major crises affecting people and communities have been and continue to be related to working, including wars, famines, poverty, and risks to personal safety. At the same time, working, when it is dignified and meaningful, can create the foundation for a satisfying life that allows people to support themselves and their families, and to find an outlet for their values and interests in the world of work. This handbook is designed to expand and deepen a growing discourse about the psychological nature of working. Building on critiques of traditional assumptions and practices about work and career in psychology, the psychology of working perspective has been advanced as an inclusive, broad-reaching framework that explores the nature of working for the full spectrum of people who work and who want to work. This volume is characterized by disciplinary pluralism with contributions from a wide range of scholars and practitioners interested in the role of work in people's lives. Chapters explore theoretical foundations, the context of working, counseling and psychotherapy, organizational implications, community-based interventions, and public policy. As a major resource in the psychology of working field, this book is a must-have for counseling and clinical psychologists, I/O psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, management consultants, and a wide array of researchers and students who are concerned with the nature of work in the 21st century, transformative scholarship, public policy, and inclusive psychological practice.


Part One: Theoretical Foundations
1. The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for a New Era
David L. Blustein
2. Critical Psychology, Well-Being, and Work
Isaac Prilleltensky and Graham B. Stead
3. Social Constructionist Thought and Working
Graham B. Stead
4. Traditional and Emerging Career Development Theory and the Psychology of Working
Jane L. Swanson
Part Two: The Context of Working
5. Race and Working
Lisa Y. Flores
6. Gender and the Psychology of Working
Neeta Kantamneni
7. Toward an Inclusive LGBT Psychology of Working
Mary Z. Anderson and James M. Croteau
8. Poverty, Social Class, and Working
Saba Rasheed Ali
9. From Work and Family to a Dual Model of Working
Mary Sue Richardson and Charles Schaeffer
10. Approaches to Aging and Working
Harvey L. Sterns and Anthony A. Sterns
11. Work and Disability
Ellen Fabian
Part Three: Organizational Implications
12. Redefining Work, Work Identity, and Career Success
Douglas T. Hall and Philip H. Mirvis
13. A More Inclusive Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Michael J. Zickar
Part Four: Counseling and Psychotherapy
14. Counseling Clients with Work-Based Challenges
Sherri L. Turner, Julia L. Conkel Ziebell, and Robin A. Alcala Saner
15. Psychotherapy and the Integration of the Psychology of Working into Therapeutic Practices
Anderson J. Franklin and Mary Beth Medvide
Part Five: Community-based Interventions and Public Policy
16. The Promise of Work as a Component of Educational Reform
Maureen E. Kenny
17. Training and Employment Services for Adult Workers
Cindy L. Juntunen and Tamba-Kuii M. Bailey
18. Public Policy and the Psychology of Working
Spencer G. Niles and Edwin L. Herr


David L. Blustein, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College.