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Leaving family for work: ambivalence and mental health among Mexican migrant farmworker men.

Authors
Grzywacz-JG; Quandt-SA; Early-J; Tapia-J; Graham-CN; Arcury-TA
Source
J Immigr Minor Health 2006 Jan; 8(1):85-97
NIOSHTIC No.
20038329
Abstract
Men migrating to the United States from Mexico and Central America confront opposing family norms. They need to leave their families to gain family economic security; yet, leaving renders their families vulnerable. We examined the mental health implications of the opposing family norms inherent in migration using an ambivalence framework. We interviewed 60 Latino migrant farmworkers working in North Carolina. Most were from Mexico; each had left a wife and children in his country of origin. Analysis indicated that family ambivalence was common. Ambivalence was associated with anxiety symptoms (but not depression or alcohol dependence), especially among men who were unable to contact their families regularly. Results show the usefulness of the ambivalence framework, and suggest that the origins of poor migrant mental health may reside in circumstances preceding migration. Study recommendations include facilitating family contact by expanding access to telephones among migrant workers.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-chemicals; Farmers; Mental-health; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Author Keywords: immigration; farmworker; mental health; family; minority health
Contact
Joseph G. Grzywacz, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston- Salem, North Carolina 27157-1084
CODEN
JIHEF5
Publication Date
20060101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
grzywacz@wfubmc.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-007611
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1557-1912
Source Name
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University
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