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.
© 2011 National Rural Health Association.