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Housing characteristics of farmworker families in North Carolina.

Authors
Early-J; Davis-SW; Quandt-SA; Rao-P; Snively-BM; Arcury-TA
Source
J Immigr Minor Health 2006 Apr; 8(2):173-184
NIOSHTIC No.
20030271
Abstract
Adequate housing is a basic human right and an important determinant of environmental health. Little research has documented the housing quality of immigrant Latino farmworker families. This analysis uses data from four surveys of North Carolina farmworker communities conducted in 2001 and 2003 to document aspects of housing quality that could affect farmworker family health. Three housing domains are considered: dwelling characteristics, household characteristics, and household behaviors. Most farmworker families live in mobile homes, and few own their dwellings. Many are located near agricultural fields. Most houses are small, but household size is large, containing adults, in addition to the nuclear family. Crowding is common among farmworker families. Many farmworker households lack basic facilities, such as washing machines. Farmworkers attempt to reduce exposure by frequently cleaning their dwellings. These findings suggest that the health of farmworker families is at risk due to inadequate housing. Further research on housing-related health effects among farmworker families is needed.
Keywords
Farmers; Families; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Environmental-health; Occupational-health; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors
CODEN
JIHEF5
Publication Date
20060401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tarcury@wfubmc.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-007611
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1557-1912
Source Name
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University
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