The role of farming families in future economic and community sustainability

McShane, Connar, Quirk, Frances, and Swinbourne, Anne (2013) The role of farming families in future economic and community sustainability. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 8 (3). pp. 111-133.

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Abstract

For the past 25 years the number of farming families in Australia has been in steady decline. This presents concerns for the sustainability of rural communities due to the significant role the farming industries have in local economic stimulation. Reducing the decline and stabilising the farming family population requires consideration of the health and well-being of this population. Participants (N=278) were recruited from across Australia and across different farming types to complete an online survey. Findings from K-Means Cluster analysis and Path Analysis suggest that the reasons people choose to continue farming act as a buffer for the unique challenges of the industry. Further, findings indicated that the work environment of the family farm had a significant impact on well-being. Outcomes included recommendations and strategies to improve health and well-being for farming families. As a result of these strategies, farming families may be retained in the industry, stabilising the population and improving the sustainability of rural communities.

Item ID: 24965
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1832-2077
Keywords: resilience, farming families, work-life balance, community-connectedness, social sustainability, rural health
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 22:44
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 50%
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