Attitudes of advisory and extension agents towards people with mental health problems

Hossain, Delwar and Eley, Robert and Gorman, Don and Coutts, Jeff (2010) Attitudes of advisory and extension agents towards people with mental health problems. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 17 (3). pp. 19-30. ISSN 1077-0755


In Queensland Australia extended drought has had negative impact on the mental health of farmers who are often geographically isolated. Advisory and Extension Agents are often their main contacts. At the behest of extension agencies a two-day mental health first aid training was provided to 32 AEA to improve their attitudes towards people with mentally health problems. Immediately prior to the course and six months after training information about attitudes towards people with mental health problems were collected from the AEA using the data collection instrument. The findings indicated that the training had significantly improved the attitudes of AEAs towards people with mental health problems and their ability to help them. Females and older AEAs with less work experience demonstrated more positive attitudes towards people with mental health problems after the training than males, and younger AEAs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c 2010 Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education.
Depositing User: Dr Delwar Hossain
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 05:37
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health; training; farmers; advisory agent; attitudes
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2010.17302

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