Stress among Latinos does it vary by occupation and agricultural season?

Angie Ulrich, Yamile Molina, Katherine J. Briant, Lynn E. Onstad, Wade Copeland, Sarah E. Holte, Beti Thompson

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Objective: Stress is pervasive among Latino immigrants. We identified seasonal and occupational patterns in stress among rural Latino immigrants. Methods: During three agricultural periods, farmworker and non-farmworker participants responded to a 24-item stress questionnaire (Snipes et al, 2007). We measured the associations of stress with occupation, with season, and occupation within season, adjusting for demographic variables. Results: The highest levels of stress were observed in the pre-thinning season when pruning takes place among farmworkers. Stress is significantly higher in farmworkers compared with non-farmworkers only in the non-spray season when crops are dormant. Higher income was associated with decreased stress in the pre-thinning and thinning seasons when buds and small fruit are removed from orchards. Conclusions: Identification of strategies to reduce stress in Latino migrants is warranted. Although some sources of stress may be intractable, others may be amenable to intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)810-814
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Agricultural season
  • Farmworker
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Non-farmworker
  • Stress


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