Dimensions of control as related to work organization, stress, and health

Int J Health Serv. 1989;19(3):459-68. doi: 10.2190/N6KQ-HWA0-H7CJ-KUPQ.


The aim of this article is to examine how increased worker control-on the individual as well as on collective level-may be a means to reduce the risk of work environment-related stress and diseases. Control is also an important element in socialization processes and in work reform activities directed to a democratization of working life. The concept of control connects a number of research perspectives. It deals with the individual and the collective level, as well as the relationship between them, and it may be a bridge between a social psychological and a psychobiological perspective. In this article, the author considers the control concept primarily from a stress perspective, but also examines how production techniques, legislation, and management strategies create the structure of control at work.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Status*
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Power, Psychological
  • Socialization
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Work*