Risk of mental health disorders among farmers involved in palm plantation occupation

J. H. Leonard, J. E. Ali, M. Vikram, V. Saraswathy, Hanif Farhan Mohd Rasdi, Nihayah Mohammad, R. Ayiesah

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Abstract

Objective. The aim of this study was to define mental health status of palm plantation farmers in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. Materials and Methods. 47 male farmers volunteered to join this study from three rural districts in southern Malaysia. Anthropometric measurements, demographic data including smoking habits and the short form of the Depression-Anxiety-Stress Scales (DASS-21) to assess mental health status were obtained in an interview. Results. Mean and SD age of participants was 30.17 ± 4.86 years. Mean BMI of subjects was 22.86 ± 3.88 kg/m2. Most subjects (76.6%) were smokers. The prevalence of mild to moderate anxiety was 27.7% and Mild to moderate depression was 8.5%. Conclusions. This study revealed high prevalence of anxiety and smoking in palm plantation workers and that smoking habits can be related to their higher anxiety level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalClinica Terapeutica
Volume164
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Anxiety
Smoking
Malaysia
Health Status
Habits
Depression
Demography
Interviews
Farmers

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Farmers
  • Occupation
  • Palm plantation
  • Stress

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  • Medicine(all)

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Risk of mental health disorders among farmers involved in palm plantation occupation. / Leonard, J. H.; Ali, J. E.; Vikram, M.; Saraswathy, V.; Mohd Rasdi, Hanif Farhan; Mohammad, Nihayah; Ayiesah, R.

In: Clinica Terapeutica, Vol. 164, No. 5, 2013, p. 403-406.

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Leonard, J. H. ; Ali, J. E. ; Vikram, M. ; Saraswathy, V. ; Mohd Rasdi, Hanif Farhan ; Mohammad, Nihayah ; Ayiesah, R. / Risk of mental health disorders among farmers involved in palm plantation occupation. In: Clinica Terapeutica. 2013 ; Vol. 164, No. 5. pp. 403-406.
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