Stress and wellbeing in farmers: The role of social and psychological capital

T Cassidy, Emma Carswell

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Abstract

Despite erroneous perceptions, farming as an occupation is one of high demands and stress, and is associated with a high prevalence of suicide. It is also associated with low levels of help-seeking. The current study aimed to explore stress and wellbeing in farmers with a focus on possible mediators and outcomes. Members of the farming community (n=274 -199 males and 75females) completed questionnaire measures of stress, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, help seeking, coping and support. Participants scored significantly higher on measures of loneliness, depressed and anxious affect, and lower on wellbeing, and sense of community. Loneliness correlated inversely with sense of community and wellbeing. Males exhibited higher levels of stress. Over all 73% of males and 27% of females said they would not seek help. Of significant practical concern is the high level who would not seek help, particularly among males. In addition, the findings on psychological capital and self-compassion point to potential preventative strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical & Medical Images Case Reports
Volume4
Issue number1
Early online date8 Apr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 8 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Stress
  • Farming
  • Loneliness
  • Sense of community
  • Wellbeing

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