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MOTA, Carolina Maria; TANURE, Betania  and  CARVALHO NETO, Antonio. Top managers’ stress and suffering at work. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp. 107-130. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article aims to identify possible relations between behavior pattern and stress level among Brazilian corporations top managers. The theoretical framework encompasses the literature on stress (Selye, 1959; Albrecht, 1990; Cooper, 1988; Moraes et al., 2001) and on types-A/B behavior patterns (Friedman e Rosenman, 1976), as well as the literature on labor-related pathologies (Dejours, 1992, 1994, 1996; Codo et al., 1993). Results show a predominance of type-A behavior. Type-A managers are more unsatisfied and unhappier concerning professional and private matters than type- B managers. Type-A managers feel more anxious, stressed, nervous and easily enraged and irritated than type-B managers.

Keywords : Stress; Behavior type; Labor-related pathologies; Top managers.

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