Perceived stress, stressors, and preferred stress management strategies among western agricultural producers

dc.contributor.authorGrocke-Dewey, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorBrennan, Alison
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Brenda
dc.contributor.authorWeas, Heather
dc.contributor.authorGutheil, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorStallones, Lorann
dc.contributor.authorMcMoran, Don
dc.description© American Psychological Association, 2023-05-18. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at:
dc.description.abstractChronic stress is associated with adverse physical, emotional, and social health outcomes such as increased rates of chronic disease, anxiety, behavioral inhibition, and well-being. In the United States, farmers and ranchers experience some of the highest levels of these adverse health outcomes. This study presents data from the Western Region Agricultural Producer Stress Survey, a survey tool designed to better understand these stressors and desired mitigation techniques. A sample of 767 agricultural producers participated in a survey that gauged their perceived stress levels, sources of stress, desired stress management topics, and preferred methods of receiving information. Workload, financial worries, and lack of time presented as the top stressors. Women averaged higher levels of both perceived stress and stressor pileup than men. Interest in stress management topics also differed significantly by gender and age, with men more interested in parenting classes and support groups, and younger producers more interested in nutrition/cooking classes. The most preferred methods for receiving information were online options. Data suggest that, on average, producers across the Western region of the United States are experiencing a medium level of stress. While this is concerning, producers expressed interest in learning more about a variety of topics to help them manage their stress and improve their well-being. Better understanding of agricultural producers’ preferences for stress management topics, as well as their preferred dissemination methods, is critical in terms of providing this often underserved population with appropriate mental health assistance.en_US
dc.identifier.citationGrocke-Dewey, M., Brennan, A., Freeman, B., Weas, H., Gutheil, J., Stallones, L., & McMoran, D. (2023). Perceived stress, stressors, and preferred stress management strategies among western agricultural producers. Journal of Rural Mental Health.en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen_US
dc.rightscopyright American Psychological Association 2023en_US
dc.subjectagricultural producersen_US
dc.subjectstress managementen_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectsocial determinants of healthen_US
dc.titlePerceived stress, stressors, and preferred stress management strategies among western agricultural producersen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleJournal of Rural Mental Healthen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Education, Health & Human Developmenten_US
mus.relation.departmentHealth & Human Development.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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