In Germany, psychosocial risk assessments (PRA) are legally required. However, German legislation does not specify how PRA should be performed. This study explores operational procedures of PRA in 37 qualitative business case studies. Based on semistructured interviews with stakeholders (top and middle management, employee representatives, OSH officers) and documents, this study examines whether and how employers use methodological leeway beside normative recommendations to identify psychosocial risks. Results: The various methodological approaches follow three orientations that were employed more or less together:
Limitations of these orientations become apparent when the focus is only on one of these orientations. Further methodological development is needed for the (qualitative) approaches of understanding and explaining.
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K. Schuller, A. Schulz-Dadaczynski, D. Beck:
Methodische Vorgehensweisen bei der Ermittlung und Beurteilung psychischer Belastung in der betrieblichen Praxis.
in: Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie A&O, Volume 62, Issue 3 2018. pages 126-141, Project number: F 2358, PDF file, DOI: 10.1026/0932-4089/a000269