Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies in Overcoming Effects of Dirty Work



The paper describes the types of 'dirty work' occupations and the strategies of professional identity defense in persons carrying out such activities. The paper also focuses on the psychological nature of the very phenomenon of dirty work and its social psychological matter, as well as on the problems referring to stigmatization of dirty work and to the worker's identity. It provides an insight into the cognitive and behavioural strategies of coping with dirty work.

General Information

Keywords: dirty work, coping strategies, professional stigmatization, worker's identity, reframing, recalibrating, refocusing, downwards social comparison, recognition of dirty work, avoidance, social buffering

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Lovakov A.V. Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies in Overcoming Effects of Dirty Work. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2013. Vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 153–162. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Andrey V. Lovakov, Junior Research Fellow, Center for Institutional Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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