Job control, psychological demand, and farmworker health

Evidence from the national agricultural workers survey

Joseph G. Grzywacz, Toni Alterman, Susan Gabbard, Rui Shen, Jorge Nakamoto, Daniel J. Carroll, Carles Muntaner

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: Improve understanding of the potential occupational health impact of how agricultural jobs are organized. Exposure to low job control, high psychological demands, and high job strain were hypothesized to have greater risk for poor self-rated physical health and elevated depressive symptoms. METHODS:: Cross-sectional data (N = 3691) obtained using the Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors module of the US National Agricultural Workers Survey fielded in 2009-2010. RESULTS:: More than one fifth (22.4%) of farmworkers reported fair/poor health, and 8.7% reported elevated depressive symptoms. High psychological demand was associated with increased risk of fair/poor health (odds ratio, 1.73; 95% confidence interval, 1.4 to 2.2) and elevated depressive symptoms (odds ratio, 2.6; 95% confidence interval, 1.9 to 3.8). CONCLUSIONS:: The organization of work in field agriculture may pose risks for poor occupational health outcomes among a vulnerable worker population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Health Fairs
Occupational Health
Depression
Psychology
Health
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Vulnerable Populations
Agriculture
Farmers
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Job control, psychological demand, and farmworker health : Evidence from the national agricultural workers survey. / Grzywacz, Joseph G.; Alterman, Toni; Gabbard, Susan; Shen, Rui; Nakamoto, Jorge; Carroll, Daniel J.; Muntaner, Carles.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 56, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 66-71.

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Grzywacz, Joseph G. ; Alterman, Toni ; Gabbard, Susan ; Shen, Rui ; Nakamoto, Jorge ; Carroll, Daniel J. ; Muntaner, Carles. / Job control, psychological demand, and farmworker health : Evidence from the national agricultural workers survey. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 56, No. 1. pp. 66-71.
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