Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría
versión impresa ISSN 0211-5735
We review the main ways of experiencing work and work environment in Occident since the industrial revolution. We describe the emergence of different functions as: subsistence means, source of rights, source of social hierarchies, source of personal meanings and scene of personal relationships. We discuss the role of productive activity in the meaning system that constitute individuals as member of a concrete society and, therefore, their mental health. On this basis, we discuss the role of the mental health care system in this field.
Palabras clave : Work environment; mental health; productive activity; work health.