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Mental Health of North Dakota Farm and Ranch Women: What Makes a Difference?

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Title: Mental Health of North Dakota Farm and Ranch Women: What Makes a Difference?
Author: Hanson, Richard; Hertsgaard, Doris; Light, Harriet K.
Description: The article takes a look at mental health makeup of North Dakota farmers and ranchers and those things that affect such. There are certain periods of the year when stress and tension are the greatest for these producers. Family togetherness can be both and positive and a negative. It was discovered that these women experienced depression, anxiety and hostility more often than males. Given the aforementioned, it was queried how these women would fair on mental health tests. A study was performed via 760 completed questionnaires. The goal of the study was to obtain data that would construct an accurate view on the lives of North Dakota farm and ranch women. Overall, the study strongly suggested that farm and ranch women are not a homogeneous group. Simply living on a farm or ranch was not the sole determinant of one's mental state. One's circumstances and situations in one's life appeared to be the most influential. Having more say in farm operation, weekly contact with friends, weekly church attendance, a relatively well educated husband and a perceived control over what happens in one's own life were all found to positively influence both farm and ranch women's mental health.
Date: 1984
Subject: Human health and safety
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6898

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