Health outcomes in adolescent minority farmworkers.
McCauley-LA; Anger-KW; Bryan-C
NIOSH 1998 Dec; :1-95
This study was designed to assess neurobehavioral function in Hispanic adolescents exposed to agricultural pesticides, biomarkers of pesticide exposure in this adolescent population and factors contributing to exposure risk including knowledge of pesticides and associated health hazards, work attitude and practices, and cultural and/or developmental factors that contribute to risk. This was an interdisciplinary community-based research project in which the Oregon Health Sciences University Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) joined with the Oregon Migrant Education Program to develop and implement culturally appropriate research methods to study the migrant minority population. Pre- and post-season health assessments of cholinesterase activity and neurobehavioral function were conducted. Results indicate that the migrant adolescents are engaged in various agricultural activities, including mixing or applying pesticides. Few youth report the use of protective clothing or equipment. Health hazards are associated with pesticide exposure.
Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-chemicals; Children; Health-hazards; Cholinesterase-inhibitors; Demographic-characteristics
Oregon Health Sciences University, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Portland, Oregon 97201-3098
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Oregon Health Sciences University, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Portland, Oregon