Assessment of Farming and Mental Health Problems of Farmers, Selected Rural Community, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

Authors

  • Harish.K
  • Kalaiselvi.R
  • Elamaran.R
  • Miriyam Sharon
  • Nafeesa.N
  • Tharshiniyarexy. S

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/23d6mm37

Keywords:

Mental health problems, Farming, Farmers

Abstract

 Background: Mental health is an important issue for the agricultural community. As someone who struggles with 
their own mental health, it is a big problem that affects people in many ways. Farmers, and those working in the 
agricultural industry, are considered a vulnerable group when it comes to mental health. Long hours, working in 
isolation, unpredictable weather that affects the quality of the crop, animal disease and trade concerns are only 
some of the issues that can impact the mental stability of farmers and their families. 
Objectives: To assess the farming and mental health problems of farmers and to find the association between 
farming and mental health problems of farmers with their selected demographic variable. 
Method and materials: Cross sectional survey approach and descriptive design were adopted to collect the data 
from 200 farmers at the age of above 18 years. The structured interview was conducted by using General Health 
Questionnaires (GHQ-28) to assess the mental health status of farmers. 
Results: About 21% of farmers were affected with mental health problems. There was statistically significant 
association between age, gender, occupational status, number of children, marital status and annual income and 
mental health problems of farmers. It concluded that Farming families experience higher rates of mental health 
problems It is clear, however, that farming is associated with a unique set of characteristics that is potentially 
hazardous to mental health and requires further research.

Author Biographies

  • Harish.K

    B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Hospital and 
    Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Kalaiselvi.R

    Professor, HOD of Mental Health Nursing Department, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad 
    Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil 
    Nadu, India

  • Elamaran.R

    B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Hospital and 
    Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Miriyam Sharon

    B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Hospital and 
    Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Nafeesa.N

    B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Hospital and 
    Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Tharshiniyarexy. S

    B.Sc. Nursing 4th year students, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Hospital and 
    Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

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Published

2024-01-17

How to Cite

Assessment of Farming and Mental Health Problems of Farmers, Selected Rural Community, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India. (2024). International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing , 10(1), 21-28. https://doi.org/10.37506/23d6mm37