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Document ID (ISN)74827
CIS number 00-889
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Scarth R.D., Stallones L., Zwerling C., Burmeister L.F.
Title The prevalence of depressive symptoms and risk factors among Iowa and Colorado farmers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2000, Vol.37, No.4, p.382-389. 25 ref.
Abstract 385 Iowa and 470 Colorado male principal farm operators were evaluated for depressive symptoms by using the CES-D scale. Risk factors were determined by using weighted multiple logistic regression analyses. Iowa farmers were 1.74 times more likely to have had depressive symptoms than Colorado farmers. Being unmarried (odds ratio = 3.46), having negative life events within the past year (legal problems (4.67), substantial income decline (2.71), loss of something of sentimental value (3.20)) and lower perceived general health status were risk factors for depressive symptoms for male Iowa and Colorado farmers. Higher levels of most risk factors for Iowa farmers, almost twice the frequency of substantial income decline, accounted for the majority of the difference in depressive symptoms between Iowa (12.2%) and Colorado (7.4%). The difference in level of depressive symptoms between Iowa and Colorado farmers was not significant after adjusting for the higher levels of most risk factors for Iowa farmers.
Descriptors (primary) depressive neurosis; agriculture; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) USA; Colorado; frequency rates; statistical evaluation; Iowa
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Mental health