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J Rural Health. 2012 Summer;28(3):277-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2011.00401.x. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

Correlates of mental health among Latino farmworkers in North Carolina.

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157–1063, USA.



Latino farmworkers are a vulnerable population who confront multiple threats to their mental health. Informed by the stress-process model of psychiatric disorder, the goal of this paper is to determine primary and context-specific stressors of poor mental health among Latino farmworkers.


Structured interview data were obtained from farmworkers (N = 69) in 6 counties in eastern and western North Carolina.


Results indicated that a substantial number of farmworkers have poor mental health, as indicated by elevated depressive symptoms (52.2%) and anxiety (16.4%). Results also indicated that each mental health outcome had different predictors.


Addressing the mental health issues of farmworkers requires a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.

© 2011 National Rural Health Association.

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