Organization of Work: Farm Stress Survey

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Farm Stress Survey

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ID = 092

Content Area(s)

  • Decision making processes
  • Job content
  • Job control
  • Job demands (or expectations)
  • Management of health and safety
  • Ownership
  • Personnel (staffing, development)
  • Resources (e.g.; infrastructure)
  • Social supports / relations
  • Workforce management
  • Work schedules (work hours)
  • Work rules
  • Job (in)security
  • Role strain (or uncertainty)
  • Other

Instrument Type


Occupation and Sector Specificity

Occupation(s): Farming

Sector(s): Agriculture, primarily family farms

Name and Size of Work Organization and/or Workplace Psychosocial Measures

Age-appropriate tasks (18 items)

Decision making (8 items)

Job hazards (14 items)

Responsibility (9 items)

Social support (15 items)

Structural supports / impediments (12 items)

Supervising children & adolescents (12 items)

Workload and hours (12 items)

Other Content Areas Included in the Instrument

Mental health measures (2 items)

Physical health measures (1 item)

Life events, farm & family economics, attitudes about children working (6 items)

Developmental Status of the Instrument

Initial stages of development; not field-tested.


Original: English

Other: No

Reliability and Validity Information (or Relevant Citation)

Focus groups and initial development of this instrument are described in: Kidd PT, Scharf, and Veazie M (1996) Linking stress and injury in the farming environment: A secondary analysis of qualitative data. Health Education Quarterly, 23(2):224-237.

Selected Reference

Heaney CA (1994) Farm stressor inventory: Development and early assessment. Unpublished report prepared for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Accessibility of the Instrument

Public Domain

User Fees


Where to Obtain a Copy of the Instrument

Send an e-mail to Ted Scharf at