APA/NIOSH Conference On Work & Stress

February 26, 1999

BALTIMORE - Studies suggest that work stress may increase a person's risk for cardiovascular disease, psychological disorders, workplace injury, and other health problems. Stressful working conditions are also associated with increased absenteeism, tardiness, disability claims and other factors that reduce a company's productivity and competitiveness.

More than 500 researchers, health professionals, business officials, and labor leaders will meet in a national conference on March 10-13, 1999, in Baltimore, Maryland. The presenters will review the latest scientific findings and assess ongoing research needs on worker stress associated with dramatic changes in the nature and organization of work on the brink of the 21st Century. The conference, "Work, Stress, and Health '99: Organization of Work in a Global Economy", is sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Areas to be addressed include stress factors and consequences associated with downsizing and shiftwork, occupational burnout, job strain and cardiovascular disease, stress and underemployment, injury risks associated with stress, work and family concerns, and stress prevention.

"The U.S. workplace has changed dramatically in the past decade and promises to continue to do so," noted NIOSH Director Linda Rosenstock, M.D., M.P.H. "With this transformation have come unprecedented demands on businesses and workers and the emergence of work stress as a significant occupational and public health concern. NIOSH is pleased to join with APA and many other participating organizations to share the latest data from a host of scientific disciplines and help chart further national research and prevention efforts."

"The global economy is putting more pressure on businesses, which, in turn, put increased pressure on their employees. We need to develop strategies and processes that will value and protect worker health and well-being, help women and men be effective at their jobs, and enhance organizational productivity," said psychologist Gwendolyn Keita, Ph.D., associate executive director of the Public Interest Directorate at the APA and co-chair of the work-stress conference.

The conference will feature presentations by leading researchers who represent organizations and agencies in the United States and abroad, including NIOSH. APA and NIOSH are presenting the event in collaboration with 35 other organizations and agencies from labor, industry, government and the professional community.

Among the presentations are reports of new findings on the following.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Ray Marshall, Ph.D., research associate with the University of Texas and U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Carter. Dr. Rosenstock and APA Chief Executive Officer Raymond D. Fowler, Ph.D., also will speak.

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 155,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 50 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 58 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

NIOSH, located in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's lead agency responsible for research on the prevention of job-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. NIOSH and partner organizations from industry, labor, the health community and government are pursuing collaborative research on work stress and other work organization issues under the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Developed with input and review by more than 500 diverse organizations and individuals, NORA provides a blueprint for the national research in 21 priority areas that will do most to protect the safety and health of workers into the 21st Century.

The presentations will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. Registration is $295 (for students, $150). Registration fee is waived for press with appropriate credentials. Further information is available on the World Wide Web from NIOSH at www.cdc.gov/niosh/jobstres.html and from APA at tel. 202-336-6033, fax: 202-336-6117, or e-mail at work-stress-conf@apa.org.
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Contact: Pam Willenz APA Public Affairs - 202-336-5700 before the conference and at 703-403-7026 (cell) at the conference or Fred Blosser NIOSH - Media Relations 202-260-8519

American Psychological Association

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