Correlates of mental health among Latino farmworkers in North Carolina

J Rural Health. 2012 Summer;28(3):277-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2011.00401.x. Epub 2011 Dec 15.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Agriculture*
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • North Carolina / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult