Article included in edition Volume 13 :: Nr.1 :: July 2017

Empirical Research

Let's talk about our work. Psychosocial risk factors in the working contexts of agricultural technicians in Argentina

Rossana Cacivio1
(1) Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales.
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Av. 60 y 119 s/n (1900) La Plata.
Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

We evaluated the exposure to psychosocial risk factors in agents of the Agricultural Extension Services in Argentina. We surveyed 152 extension workers from two organisations and several Argentine provinces with the CoPsoQ-ISTAS 21 instrument and discussed the results with 67 of these professionals during a postgraduate course of the PLIDER Masters. This course worked for the extension workers as a Clinic of the activity, allowing them to manage their own resources when facing stress caused by exposure to risk factors. The research was reinforced with 15 in-depth interviews.

The results show a strong exposure to psychosocial risk factors, where the prevailing causes derive from the form how work is organised in each host institution, the high emotional component of the job role, and the difference between men and women in terms of autonomy in its performance, the inherent demands of the hierarchical position, the conflict of the ambiguity of the role and, consequently, its mental load.

Keywords psychosocial risks, agricultural extension workers, Argentina.