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Farmers: Bureaucracy and Stress

Walsh, Ursula, Lynch, Zena, Dhesi, Surindar, Henry, Cara, McCrory, Fiona, Edwards, Lydia and Glithero, Melanie (2017) Farmers: Bureaucracy and Stress. Northern Ireland Assembly Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series, Northern Ireland Assembly, 26 pp [Internet publication]

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URL: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/research-and-information-service-raise/knowledge-exchange/#farmers

Abstract

Work related stress is a significant issue and farming has been identified as being a particularly high risk occupation. The causes are varied and complex yet there has been little research examining the financial and bureaucratic burdens on farmers and where support would be best focussed.This three stranded study utilised both qualitative and quantitative methods for a triangulated approach to explore the financial and bureaucratic factors which cause stress to farmers. The participants were male farmers, working and residing in Northern Ireland.Data was collected from 94 farmers using face to face questionnaires and a focus group. Participants were recruited through farming related public events and from purposive sampling. The perceptions of participants were analysed and found to form a clear agreement on the major sources of stress and how support should be provided. The results indicated that the major issues contributing to farmers’ work related stress included the burden of regulation and administration and financial issues.As the results indicated that one of the most significant causes of stress was the burden of bureaucracy, it is recommended that a comprehensive overhaul of the administration burdens facing farmers is undertaken to create more accessible, user friendly and less weighty administrative procedures.

Item Type:Internet publication
Keywords:English
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:37861
Deposited By: Mrs Ursula Walsh
Deposited On:21 Jun 2017 10:06
Last Modified:21 Jun 2017 10:06

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