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Farm parents' attitudes towards farm safety experts.

Authors
Neufeld-SJ; Cinnamon-JL
Source
Rural Sociol 2004 Dec; 69(4):532-551
NIOSHTIC No.
20042263
Abstract
Using both qualitative and quantitative data, this article analyzes farm parents' attitudes towards the trustworthiness, usefulness, and use of advice from farm safety experts. The article evaluates four different perspectives on trust in expert: the Validity of Knowledge perspective, the Salient Values Similarity perspective, the Diffusion of Innovation perspective, and the Local Knowledge perspective. Among other factors, the results show that negative attitudes towards experts are strongly influenced by attitudes towards the validity of scientific knowledge vs. farm experience. They also show that experts who are more involved in farm production have higher levels of trust and usefulness. While all of the perspectives receive some degree of support, the results suggest that local knowledge and culture are critical in shaping attitudes towards experts. Attitudes towards experts are shaped not solely by expert characteristics but by the meanings and significance they assume in specific socio-cultural contexts.
Keywords
Quantitative-analysis; Qualitative-analysis; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Attitude; Humans; Men; Women; Safety-personnel; Safety-programs
Contact
Steven J. Neufeld, 314 Patterson Hall MS-38, Department of Sociology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004
Publication Date
20041201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004257
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0036-0112
Source Name
Rural Sociology
State
WA
Performing Organization
Eastern Washington University
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