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Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales

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LOUZAN MARINO, Rita. Improving the quality of psychosocial risk assessments based on the identification and control of bias. Arch Prev Riesgos Labor [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.1, pp.68-81.  Epub Sep 21, 2020. ISSN 1578-2549.  http://dx.doi.org/10.12961/aprl.2020.23.01.06.

The assessment of workplace psychosocial risk factors is complex and controversial. The main criticism is focused on the validity of the tools used in their evaluation; basically, self-report measures which are subject to several sources of error. While there has been an increase in efforts to provide evidence on the reliability and the validity of the available assessment instruments, bias is often ignored as an important source of error. Although bias may be a novel topic to many prevention technicians, their detection and control is a traditional and well-studied theme in the field of work psychology. This article gives lay practitioners a better understanding of the concept of bias, as well as the related modes of identification and control, to improve the quality of psychosocial risk assessments.

Keywords : Occupational risk; occupational stress; risk assessment; bias.

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