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An evaluation of the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks.

Wright SM
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01-OH-004257, 2004 Dec; :1-58
This technical report summarizes a three year project to evaluate the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT), a safety intervention designed to reduce childhood agricultural injuries by helping farm parents assign age appropriate farm work to their children. Based on 69 qualitative interviews with farm parents with children living at home from three regional sites and a national telephone survey with farm adults with children living at home, the report presents findings in terms of six major project aims. Overall, the report highlights significant disagreement with NAGCAT recommendations and skepticism about their usefulness. While willingness to follow the recommendations is relatively high, it largely reflects agreement with the guidelines, suggesting that changes in behavior may be low. The report suggests that much of the disagreement with and skepticism towards the NAGCAT is influenced by different beliefs and attitudes that farm parents have regarding the importance of children's labor, the role of farm experience in affecting readiness to perform farm work, the risk of childhood farm injuries, and the validity of safety expert knowledge. Various ways to address these differences in beliefs and attitudes so as to enhance the effectiveness of the NAGCAT are suggested.
Humans; Children; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Farmers; Injuries; Men; Women; Age-factors; Age-groups; Attitude; Behavior; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Risk-factors; Tractors; Machine-operation; Manual-materials-handling; Work-capability; Work-capacity; Physical-fitness; Physical-capacity; Psychology; Exposure-levels
Dr. Sue Marie Wright, Ceuter for Farm Health and Safety, Depart of Sociology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Eastern Washington University
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