Active coping, personal satisfaction, and attachment to land in older African-American farmers

Sandra A. Maciuba, Susan C. Westneat, Deborah B. Reed

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Abstract

Elevated suicide mortality rates have been reported for farmers and for the elderly. Very little literature exists that looks at the health of older minority farmers. This mixed-method study describes older African-American farmers (N = 156) in the contexts of active coping, personal satisfaction from farm work, and attachment to their farmland to provide insight into the psychosocial dimensions of their mental health. Findings show that the farmers have positive perspectives on work and farm future, and strong attachment to the land. Differences were noted by gender. Nurses can use these findings to frame culturally appropriate strategies for aging farmers to maximize positive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-343
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health

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