reference : Control, uncertainty, and expectations for the future: A qualitative study of the impact of drought on a rural Australian community

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Abstract Many rural Australian communities continue to endure a prolonged drought. The mental health effects of short-term natural disaster are well known; those of a long-term and chronic natural disaster such as drought are less well understood. However, in addition to immediate distress there are likely to be feelings of loss, grief and hopelessness, all of which are implicated in an increased risk of subsequent psychiatric morbidity. Furthermore, rural Australia is at a relative disadvantage for early and effective mental health intervention due to a lack of resources, compared with urban Australia. This qualitative research investigates the experience of drought in two farming communities in the state of New South Wales. Farmers, farm and non-farm businesspeople, and health workers took part in focus group discussions of the effects of drought on themselves, their families and their community. In addition to current distress related to financial and workload problems, people reported experiencing significant distress from the emotional impact of environmental degradation, from loss of hope for the future of their community, and from feelings of being misunderstood by the wider Australian community. The stressors affecting farming communities during times of drought are likely to be associated with increased risk of mental health problems.
Author Sartore, G. M.; Kelly, B.; Stain, H.; Albrecht, G.; Higginbotham, N.
Date Jul-Sep
Issue 3
Journal Rural and Remote Health
Keywords Adult; Affective Symptoms/etiology; Aged; Agriculture/economics; *Disasters/economics; Female; *Greenhouse Effect; Humans; Longitudinal Studies; Male; Mental Health; Middle Aged; New South Wales; *Rural Health; Social Isolation/psychology; Stress, Psychological/*etiology; Uncertainty
Language eng
Notes 1445-6354 Sartore, G-M Kelly, B Stain, H Albrecht, G Higginbotham, N Journal Article Australia Rural Remote Health. 2008 Jul-Sep;8(3):950. Epub 2008 Aug 8.
Pages Article 950
Title Control, uncertainty, and expectations for the future: A qualitative study of the impact of drought on a rural Australian community
URL http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=950
Volume 8
Year 2008
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