Design of risk communication strategies based on risk perception among farmers exposed to pesticides in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil†
Article first published online: 30 NOV 2012
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American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Research Contributions from the United States International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Program: Part 2
Volume 56, Issue 1, pages 77–89, January 2013
How to Cite
Peres, F., Rodrigues, K. M., da Silva Peixoto Belo, M. S., Moreira, J. C. and Claudio, L. (2013), Design of risk communication strategies based on risk perception among farmers exposed to pesticides in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 77–89. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22147
Disclosure Statement: The authors report no conflicts of interests.
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 30 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 NOV 2012
- Fogarty International Center, NIH 1. Grant Number: D43 TW000640
- CAPES, Brazilian Ministry of Education. Grant Number: BEX 1203/10-0
- risk perception;
- risk communication;
- defensive strategies;
- community-based participatory research
This study aims to assess pesticide exposure risk perception among farmers from three rural areas of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 66 adults and participatory workshops with 27 teenagers and analyzed through content analysis techniques. Systematized results were discussed at local meetings, and two risk communication initiatives were devised.
Study results demonstrated the use of defensive strategies by men and a diminished risk perception among women. Teenagers relied on parents to develop their own work practices. These findings supported the importance of cultural and social determinants of farmers' understandings of risk and of the relevance of different pesticide exposure pathways.
Risk perceptions and work practices are strongly influenced by local cultural patterns and, therefore, must be taken into account when developing effective intervention strategies, including risk communication initiatives. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:77–89, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.