Ginette Lafleur

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PhD student in Community Psychology
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Ginette Lafleur co-authored a study on the psychological health of Québec farmers, which has circulated widely in the farming milieu since its publication in 2006. This study contributed to the introduction of stress and distress prevention measures in farming communities. Pursuing her interest in farmer suicide, she is doing a PhD in Community Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal under the direction of Professor Michel Tousignant and co-direction of Yvan Droz of the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement de Genève. Her thesis explores the risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behaviour among farmers in Québec and French-speaking Switzerland from 1999 to 2013. She started with a study of 1230 dairy farmers in both regions to identify risk and protective factors and shed greater light on suicidal behaviour among farmers. The dairy producers were questioned about stress in their daily lives, psychological distress, psychological well-being, alcohol consumption, stress factors specific to the milieu, perception of financial difficulties, social support and isolation, satisfaction in terms of relationships with friends or family members, a sense of community belonging, physical health, insurance coverage, connections to farmers who have committed suicide, acceptability of suicide, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. In a second phase, she studied the suicide files of farmers in both regions, drawn from the archives of coroners, police and investigating judges. She is a student member of CRISE, the international suicide organization Association internationale pour la prévention du suicide and the Institut Santé et société. She is also a member of the board of directors of the farmer support organization Au cœur des familles agricoles.

Y Droz and V Miéville-Ott and D Jacques-Jouvenot and Ginette Lafleur. (2014). Malaise en agriculture : Une approche interdisciplinaire des politiques agricoles France-Québec-Suisse.

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Ginette Lafleur. (2013). Le grand silence des agriculteurs: Portrait de la détresse psychologique et du suicide en milieu agricole.

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Ginette Lafleur and M -A Allard. (2006). Enquête sur la santé psychologique des producteurs agricoles du Québec : Rapport final présenté à La Coop fédérée. pp. 77 p..

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Topics of interest

Subject 1 : Suicide
Subject 2 : Mental health
Subject 3 : Rural area

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