Stressors among Latino day laborers. A pilot study examining allostatic load.
de Castro-AB; Voss-JG; Ruppin-A; Dominguez-CF; Seixas-NS
AAOHN J 2010 May; 58(5):185-196
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.
Humans; Physical-stress; Job-stress; Men; Age-factors; Racial-factors; Demographic-characteristics
A. B. de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, University of Washington School of Nursing, Box 357263, Seattle, WA 98195-7263
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
University of Washington