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Depression and somatic symptoms within the farming community.

Authors
DeArmond-SE; Stallones-L; Chen-PY; Sintek-EE
Source
J Agric Saf Health 2006 Feb; 12(1):5-15
NIOSHTIC No.
20042293
Abstract
The relationship between somatic symptoms and depression was investigated in a population of farm operators and their spouses. The sample consisted of principal farm operators and their spouses from northeastern Colorado. There were a total of 709 participants who completed data relevant for our analyses. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on the symptom inventory, and suggested a two-factor structure. One of the factors consisted of symptoms of a psychological nature, and the other consisted of physical symptoms. While both of the factors were significantly correlated with depression, the factor with psychological items was more strongly related to depression. Gender differences in the symptom factor structure were investigated, and only a few minor differences were found. Gender differences in relationships between the somatic symptom factors and depression were also investigated and were not found. Implications for farm operators, spouses, and rural healthcare providers were discussed.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Families; Mental-health; Mental-disorders; Clinical-symptoms; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Psychological-responses; Physical-reactions; Physiological-effects; Physiological-factors; Physiological-response; Worker-health; Sex-factors; Author Keywords: Depression; Farmers; Health
Contact
Sarah DeArmond, Colorado State University, B215a Clark Bldg., Fort Collins, CO 80523
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
20060201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dearm1se@colostate.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U04-CCU-806060
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1074-7583
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
CO
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