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“En har väl hittat nåt sätt att överleva” Svenska lantbrukares hantering av arbetsrelaterade påfrestande händelser
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Lantbrukare utsätts för flertalet påfrestningar i sitt dagliga arbete, vilket kan påverka deras psykiska hälsa. Svenska lantbrukares psykosociala arbetsmiljö har beskrivits som relativt god, men inte mycket är känt angående deras hantering av belastningar. Studiens syfte var att utforska, beskriva och skapa förståelse för hanteringen av belastningar genom att besvara frågeställningen: Hur hanterar lantbrukare i Sverige arbetsrelaterade påfrestande händelser? Kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med 12 svenska lantbrukare och analyserades genom induktiv tematisk analys. Resultatet visade att påfrestningar och hanteringen av dem uppfattas som en del av lantbrukarnas identitet. Lantbrukarna räknade med att vissa händelser ingår i livsstilen, men mer oförutsägbara sådana skapade ökad belastning. Att införliva påfrestningar och hanteringen av dem i lantbrukaridentiteten möjliggjorde för lantbrukaren att fullfölja sitt livsval. Resultaten ökar förståelsen för varför lantbrukare, trots prövningar, är motiverade att fortsätta arbeta och hur deras hanteringsstrategier kan ha både positiva och negativa hälsoeffekter. För att främja psykisk hälsa bör insatser riktas mot att stärka lantbrukarnas befintliga, adaptiva hanteringsstrategier, exempelvis genom ökad tydlighet i myndigheters kommunikation, att stärka

Abstract [en]

Farm work is associated with strain, which can affect farmers’ mental health. Although Swedish farmers’ psychosocial work environment has been portrayed as relatively sound, little is known about how they cope with stressors. The present study aimed to explore, describe and generate understanding of this by answering the following question: How do farmers in Sweden cope with work-related strenuous events? Qualitative semi-structured interviews with 12 Swedish farmers were performed and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The results indicated that both stress and coping were experienced as part of the farmers’ identities. Some hardships were postulated as part of the farming lifestyle but highly unpredictable events created more strain. Incorporation of both strain and coping into the farming identity enabled farmers to retain their existence. The results increase understanding of farmers’ motivation to keep working, in spite of strain and also how their coping strategies may have both positive and negative effects on mental health. Promotion of farmers’ mental health should be directed towards strengthening existing and adaptive coping strategies, for example by government agencies providing transparent communication, and increasing a sense of affinity as well as access to social support.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 83
Keywords [en]
Farmers, strain, coping, work environment, identity, qualitative interview, inductive thematic analysis
Keywords [sv]
Lantbrukare, påfrestningar, coping, arbetsmiljö, identitet, kvalitativ intervju, induktiv tematisk analys
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-79220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-79220DiVA, id: diva2:1386290
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Psykologi, (psykologprogrammet)
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