The Impact of Financial Hardship and Coping on Health, Mental Health and Family Roles for Farm Families

  • Friedrich, Lora

Using regional data from twelve states, the relationships between health, mental health and economic depression will be analyzed. The literature review and other studies of these data suggest that there is a positive relationship between economic troubles and mental health problems.

The focus of this paper will be to examine the coping strategies of women, compared to men, when faced with financial problems and how these strategies effect mental health, physical health, and family structure and functioning. Off-farm employment of the wife will receive special attention. While it would seem that at a time of financial hardship, additional money should be appreciated, unanticipated stressors can cancel the benefits.

This research abstract was extracted from a portion of the proceedings of "Agricultural Safety and Health: Detection, Prevention and Intervention," a conference presented by the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

L. Friedrich, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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