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COVID-19 & Rural Labour Markets: Understanding the Relationships Between Economic and Social Disruptions and its Role on Mental health

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dc.contributor.advisor Deacon, Leith Burke, Randi 2022-09-06T14:24:44Z 2022-09-06T14:24:44Z 2022-08 2022-08-15
dc.description.abstract COVID-19 has caused enormous economic and social disruptions that may have lasting effects on employment, income, and working conditions. Concurrently, the diversity and complexity of the labour market have been highlighted, resulting in the need for responses from various disciplines. Often, a policy is based on data collected from large urban centres, neglecting the experience of those from rural and small-town communities. To ensure that policy developed appropriately reflects the realities of all residents, it is critical to ensure that data is collected from rural and small-town communities. This project examines the landscape of COVID-19 in rural and small-town labour markets, particularly the challenges associated with the current and anticipated imbalance in economic activity and the relationship it plays on mental health. Employing a mixed-methods, case-study research design, this report will present data collected from across Huron and Perth Counties, contributing to knowledge generation about mental health services available to employers and employees within rural and small-town communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results highlight the relationship between labour market demands and individual mental health at multiple stages of the workplace (i.e., owner, employee). Results from this research can be used to inform policy and program decisions to support the most appropriate aid possible for rural and small-town communities in relation to their mental health. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Mitacs Accelerate and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en
dc.subject COVID-19 en_US
dc.subject Labour market en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.title COVID-19 & Rural Labour Markets: Understanding the Relationships Between Economic and Social Disruptions and its Role on Mental health en_US
dc.type Thesis en Rural Planning and Development en_US Master of Science (Planning) en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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