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Comparative description of migrant farmworkers versus other students attending South Texas schools: demographic, academic, and health characteristics.

Authors
Cooper-SP; Weller-NF; Fox-EE; Cooper-SR; Shipp-EM
Source
Tex Med 2005 Aug; 101(8):58-62
NIOSHTIC No.
20031502
Abstract
Little is known about academic performance, health, and social functioning of youth from migrant farmworker families. This study was designed to compare demographic, academic, health, and social data between migrant and nonmigrant youth residing in South Texas. Anonymous cross-sectional survey data were collected from 6954 middle and 3565 high school students. About 5% of South Texas middle and high school students reported belonging to a migrant family. Compared with nonmigrant students, migrant youth were more likely to miss and arrive late to school, sleep in class, and study fewer hours weekly. Migrant students reported fewer hours of nightly sleep, fewer hours spent with their friends, and more minor illnesses than nonmigrant youth. These results demonstrate the need for interventions specifically targeted to this vulnerable adolescent population.
Keywords
Children; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Stress; Sleep-deprivation; Sleep-disorders; Dose-response; Demographic-characteristics; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Age-factors; Age-groups; Racial-factors; Sex-factors
Contact
Sharon P. Cooper, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
CODEN
TXMDAX
Publication Date
20050801
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
72770
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-003786
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0040-4470
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Texas Medicine
State
TX
Performing Organization
University of Texas, Houston, Texas
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