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Correlates of Mental Health Among Latino Farmworkers in North Carolina


  • This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (R01- ES008739). For further information, contact: Joseph G. Grzywacz, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157–1063; e-mail


Purpose: Latino farmworkers are a vulnerable population who confront multiple threats to their mental health. Informed by the stress-process model of psychiatric disorder, the goal of this paper is to determine primary and context-specific stressors of poor mental health among Latino farmworkers.

Methods: Structured interview data were obtained from farmworkers (N = 69) in 6 counties in eastern and western North Carolina.

Findings: Results indicated that a substantial number of farmworkers have poor mental health, as indicated by elevated depressive symptoms (52.2%) and anxiety (16.4%). Results also indicated that each mental health outcome had different predictors.

Conclusion: Addressing the mental health issues of farmworkers requires a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.