Defining Work Stress in Young People

Sukanlaya Sawang, Cameron J. Newton

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Stress experienced by young workers can be very different from stress experienced by adults because of differing psychosocial developments. It is important to understand how early workplace experiences shape young workers' subsequent attitudes and behaviors, which may affect their psychological well-being. This study examined how 18 young workers ages 17–29 perceive work stress. The authors found that young workers view job stress in 3 dimensions: lack of opportunity to learn, poor social interaction, and lack of opportunity to exercise initiative. Young workers also view work demands as challenging tasks and become job crafters to find more satisfaction in routine tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-83
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Employment Counseling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • coping
  • interview study
  • psychological well-being
  • work stress
  • young workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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