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Document ID (ISN)106463
CIS number 07-323
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arcury T.A., Vallejos Q.M., MarÝn A.J., Feldman S.R., Smith G., Quandt S.A.
Title Latino farmworker perceptions of the risk factors for occupational skin disease
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.49, p.434-442. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract Most farm workers in the United States are Latino. Skin diseases are a health problem to which farm workers are particularly vulnerable. Preventive actions must therefore be adapted to farm workers' understanding of such diseases, including their beliefs or knowledge of risk factors. This study used in-depth interviews with 30 Latino farm workers (6 women, 24 men) to determine beliefs and perceptions of the causes of common occupational skin diseases in this population. Results indicate that farm worker beliefs and perceptions of skin disease causation can be integrated into a general model in which perceived risk factors include sun and heat, chemicals, plants, insects, moisture, hygiene and contagion. Each of these factors is moderated by the individual's personal susceptibility. The model suggests that health education is the most important factor for reducing skin disease among farm workers.
Descriptors (primary) skin diseases; agriculture; migrant workers; risk awareness
Descriptors (secondary) information dissemination; USA; information of personnel; risk factors; individual susceptibility; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Psychological factors