A pest to mental health? Exploring the link between exposure to agrichemicals in farmers and mental health

Nufail, Khan, Kennedy, Alison, Cotton, Jacqueline and Brumby, Susan 2019, A pest to mental health? Exploring the link between exposure to agrichemicals in farmers and mental health, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081327.

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Title A pest to mental health? Exploring the link between exposure to agrichemicals in farmers and mental health
Author(s) Nufail, Khan
Kennedy, AlisonORCID iD for Kennedy, Alison orcid.org/0000-0002-4450-8434
Cotton, JacquelineORCID iD for Cotton, Jacqueline orcid.org/0000-0002-7893-5901
Brumby, SusanORCID iD for Brumby, Susan orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3374
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 8
Article ID 1327
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-04-12
Keyword(s) Agrichemical
Pesticide
Organophosphate
Mental health
Farming
Suicide
Low-level exposure
Chronic toxicity
Total Worker Health
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary The current literature acknowledges that occupational exposures can adversely affect mental health. This review seeks to elucidate the current understanding of the effect of agrichemical exposure on mental health in the agriculturalsector, including low-dose, chronic pesticide exposure. This scoping review adopted a snowballing and saturation approach. The review highlights inconsistencies in linking poor mental health and pesticide use. While some studies specifically showed that both high- and low-dose pesticide exposure were associated with poor mental health, consistent and rigorous research methods are lacking. The review also proposes terms to delineate exposure types described in the literature. The review outcomes direct efforts to protect the health, wellbeing and safety of farming communities across the globe.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16081327
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
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