The Farm Crisis and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Study of the 1980s

Suzanne T. Ortega, David R. Johnson, Peter G. Beeson, Betty J. Craft

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Abstract This paper examines rural/urban differences and trends in mental health during the farm crisis of the 1980s in a large panel sample from a midwestern state. A community research perspective, which attributes differences to life styles, culture, and community context, is contrasted with an economic stress perspective, which focuses on individual differences in economic circumstances as determinants of rural‐urban differences in mental health. Survey samples from 1981, 1986, and 1989 are used to examine differences among seven categories of community type. Multiple regression analysis of the trend and panel data provide support for both the individual economic distress and community context models. 1994 Rural Sociological Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-619
Number of pages22
JournalRural Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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