Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Kroeker, B. J.,


Social Work.




A self-administered, mailed questionnaire was distributed to examine the perception of stress in the lives of Essex County farm women. Their perspectives on events, as they related to the farm operation, the economy of the farm and the farm family itself were investigated for their potential contributions to stress in farm women. The resources available to the farm women, as they functioned to mitigate against stress, were incorporated into this study as well. Overall, farm women in Essex County reported being able to cope with their experiences of stress. However, 60 percent of the respondents reported enduring increases levels of stress, also increases in levels of irritability and anger were equally reported by 39 percent of the respondents. Further, farm women in Essex County reported to have available to them, internal and external resources to help them mitigate against the adverse effects of stress. Of statistical significance was the high incidence of church involvement and the effect this involvement had on the experiences and perceptions of the farm women. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0564. Chairperson: B. J. Kroeker. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.