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J Rural Health. 2009 Spring;25(2):219-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2009.00221.x.

Perspectives on safety and health among migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States and México: a qualitative field study.

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Department of Psychology, Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876, USA. lorann@colostate.edu

Abstract

CONTEXT:

A large number of hired farmworkers in the United States come from México. Understanding safety and health concerns among the workers is essential to improving prevention programs.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this pilot study was to obtain detailed information about safety and health concerns of hired farmworkers in Colorado and in México.

METHODS:

A total of 10 migrant farmworkers from northern Colorado and 5 seasonal farmworkers from Guanajuato, México, were interviewed using a semi-structured interview process. The social cognitive theory (SCT) served as a framework to gain understanding of safety and health among workers.

FINDINGS:

Topics of concern identified included causes of farm, home and motor vehicle injuries, and treatment preferences for injuries and illnesses. Four main themes emerged: safety and health concerns, personal control and prevention strategies, factors affecting control and prevention strategies, and the importance of family.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further study of the themes using a revised semi-structured interview will be done in a larger study among hired farmworkers. The results add to the current work to understand specific health and safety concerns among these workers.

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