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Women in agriculture: risks for occupational injury within the context of gendered role.

Authors
McCoy-CA; Carruth-K; Reed-DB
Source
J Agric Saf Health 2002 Feb; 8(1):37-50
NIOSHTIC No.
20035127
Abstract
Women continue to make significant contributions to farming. Not only do women participate in the traditional roles of homemaker, caregiver, and wife, they also work side-by-side with their spouses in keeping the farm viable. More daughters are entering the farming business, either as partners with other family members or as independent operators. Each year since the United States Department of Agriculture began including gender in the Census of Agriculture, the percentage of women engaged in agriculture has increased, and women's participation in agriculture is increasing faster than in other business segments. This article examines the role of women in agriculture and how sociocultural, economic, and physical factors may affect women's exposure to injury-producing events and their knowledge and beliefs about injury prevention. To date, few studies have examined work-related unintentional injuries among farm women. Even less is known about the extent to which occupational risks are recognized when women seek medical care. Differences in size and stature, increased physical strain, and low maximal oxygen uptake may predispose women to ergonomic-related injuries. Limitations of current research and recommendations for future analyses are discussed.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Families; Farmers; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-sociology; Odor-control; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Health-hazards; Health-programs; Health-protection; Health-standards; Safety-climate; Safety-clothing; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Exposure-methods; Education; Author Keywords: Gendered role; Agriculture; Women; Injury
Contact
C. A. McCoy, Department of Nursing, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
20020201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mccoy@nku.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1074-7583
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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