Study on Estimating Mental Hygiene of Farm Women: The Socio-ecological and Psychological Interpretation

Due to persistent contamination, extortion, ground water depletion, arsenic and heavy metal polluted water, the health-ecology and environment has become quite fragile. Agriculture has undergone drastic changes and a wide variety of stressors are faced by farmers. Male and female farmers both have high levels of depression relative to the general working population, but there is little difference in the levels of anxiety symptoms. This research addressed the health ecosystem and health dynamics of farm women so that as they are food producers, they can combat various environmental and occupational problems. This research was carried out with the intention of generating confidential knowledge on the mental hygiene of female farmers. A survey with one hundred farm women as respondents was carried out at Kotulpur Block in Bankura district of West Bengal and they were randomly selected. The knowledge was gathered through a pilot study, a formal interview and a concentrated community interview. Correlation analysis, multiple regression and step-down regression analysis, path analysis, factor analysis and artificial neural network analysis are the statistical methods used for data analysis. For this analysis, twenty independent variables were selected: functional literacy, per capita income, menstrual hygiene, drinking water status, etc. Distance from work (x7), period of jobs (x9), per capita income (x12), per capita expenditure (x13), dizziness (x17) and drinking water status (x19) are some of the variables that have had a direct effect on the mental hygiene of women farmers. Per capita income (x12) is the most significant factor among those variables, as it has had the highest indirect impact on as many as 13 exogenous variables in path analysis to classify the mental hygiene of farm women (y). As farmers provide food for millions of people around the world, it is very important to the sense of the agro-ecosystem. Only if they succeed will the entire civilisation survive.

Author(s) Details

Miss Swagata Ghoshal
Department of Agricultural Extension, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, 741252, India.

Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Acharya
Department of Agricultural Extension, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, 741252, India.

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