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Behind the scenes: spousal coping following permanently disabling injury of farmers.

Authors
Reed-DB; Claunch-DT
Source
Issues Ment Health Nurs 2002 Apr-May; 23(3):231-248
NIOSHTIC No.
20034594
Abstract
Hidden within the pastoral setting of rural America are the struggles of farm families who must cope with a decreasing economy, increasing technology, and one of the highest injury rates of any industry. Wives of farmers often juggle household responsibilities, hold an off-farm job, and work on the farm. Too often, wives are first on the scene of a serious injury to their spouses. All attention is focused on the farmer but the wife must cope with caregiving, her usual work, and the added full responsibility of the farm. This grounded theory study examined the process of spousal coping after a permanently disabling injury occurred to their farmer husbands. Interviews conducted with 12 farm wives elicited four themes in the coping process. These findings may help identify critical points of mental stress and form interventions to assist spouses of injured farmers in their adjustment to changing roles and responsibilities.
Keywords
Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Families; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupations; Disabled-workers; Disaster-prevention; Disease-incidence; Diseases; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices
Contact
D. B. Reed, University of Kentucky, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, UK Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, Lexington, KY 40504, USA
CODEN
IHNUDT
Publication Date
20020401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dbreed01@pop.uky.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0161-2840
Source Name
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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