Detachment is a construct which has largely been studied in the context of the workplace in which it is associated with experiences of recovery at the end of the working day. In recent years, the number of studies on recovery experience has increased (Bakker, Demerouti, Oerlemans, & Sonnentag, 2013; Fritz, Yankelevich, Zarubin, & Barger, 2010), manifesting the importance of this construct in the field of psychological assessment and research.
Sonnentag and Bayer (2005) introduced the term psychological detachment in their research into stress and stress recovery. It is related to the personal capacity to disconnect psychologically when away from the workplace. This capacity has two important features: not to carry out work-related tasks, and not to dwell on work-related matters (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2014). Important in this line of research are the contributions of Sonnentag on the role of detachment in wellbeing in the workplace, mainly with the development of the theoretical model known as the “stressor-detachment model” (Sonnentag, 2010).