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Daily recovery from work-related effort during non-work time

Current Perspectives on Job-Stress Recovery

ISBN: 978-1-84855-544-0, eISBN: 978-1-84855-545-7

Publication date: 19 May 2009


The aim of this chapter is to provide a literature review on daily recovery during non-work time. Specifically, next to discussing theories that help us understand the process of recovery, we will clarify how recovery and its potential outcomes have been conceptualized so far. Consequently, we present empirical findings of diary studies addressing the activities that may facilitate or hinder daily recovery. We will pay special attention to potential mechanisms that may underlie the facilitating or hindering processes. Owing to the limited research on daily recovery, we will review empirical findings on predictors and outcomes of a related construct, namely need for recovery. We conclude with an overall framework from which daily recovery during non-work time can be understood. In this framework, we claim that daily recovery is an important moderator in the process through which job characteristics and their related strain may lead to unfavorable states on a daily basis.


Demerouti, E., Bakker, A.B., Geurts, S.A.E. and Taris, T.W. (2009), "Daily recovery from work-related effort during non-work time", Sonnentag, S., Perrewé, P.L. and Ganster, D.C. (Ed.) Current Perspectives on Job-Stress Recovery (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 85-123.



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