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Stressors among Latino day laborers. A pilot study examining allostatic load.

Authors
de Castro-AB; Voss-JG; Ruppin-A; Dominguez-CF; Seixas-NS
Source
AAOHN J 2010 May; 58(5):185-196
NIOSHTIC No.
20037067
Abstract
This pilot study evaluated the feasibility of conducting a research project focused on stressors and allostatic load (AL) among day laborers. A total of 30 Latino men were recruited from CASA Latina, a worker center in Seattle. Participants completed an interview and researchers measured six indicators of AL (body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, C-reactive protein, and cortisol). Percentages and mean scores were calculated for several self-reported stressors in work, economic, and social contexts and were compared between low and high AL groups. Overall, participants with high AL reported experiencing more stressors than those with low AL. Additionally, those with high AL generally reported being less healthy both physically and mentally. Findings suggest that Latino day laborers experience stressors that place them at risk for high AL. Also, a study of this nature is possible, but must be conducted with trust and collaboration between researchers and community partners
Keywords
Humans; Physical-stress; Job-stress; Men; Age-factors; Racial-factors; Demographic-characteristics
Contact
A. B. de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, University of Washington School of Nursing, Box 357263, Seattle, WA 98195-7263
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20100501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
butchdec@u.washington.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008433
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington
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