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"Landscape of Stress" for Sheep Owners in the Swedish Wolf Region

Flykt, Anders and Eklund, Ann and Frank, Jens and Johansson, Maria (2022). "Landscape of Stress" for Sheep Owners in the Swedish Wolf Region. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 10 , 783035
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Abstract

Farmers who keep livestock in large carnivore areas are exposed to threat of predation directly impacting on finances and workload as well as the associated psychological stress indirectly impacting on farmers well-being. So far, little is known about such stress responses. The concept of "stress" or "stress reaction" is often used as an undifferentiated umbrella concept for the experience of negative emotional episodes. However, the stress reactions could be divided into cognitive, physiological, and behavioural aspects. This study aimed to develop and apply a theory-based approach to identify stress responses among sheep farmers in the Swedish "wolf-region." A thematic analysis of interviews conducted with sheep farmers showed ample support for stress responses among the informants in relation to large carnivores and their management, although the interviews were conducted with a different focal topic. The findings support the idea that stress responses could be categorised into cognitive, physiological, and behavioural aspects. This distinction would help to identify and fully understand the cumulative impact of stress from the presence of large carnivores on farmers' well-being.

Authors/Creators:Flykt, Anders and Eklund, Ann and Frank, Jens and Johansson, Maria
Title:"Landscape of Stress" for Sheep Owners in the Swedish Wolf Region
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:10
Article number:783035
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
ISSN:2296-701X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:stress, cognitive, physiological, behavioural, wolf
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116510
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116510
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/fevo.2022.783035
Web of Science (WoS)000766872500001
ID Code:28238
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:03 Jun 2022 09:27
Metadata Last Modified:03 Jun 2022 09:31

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