Numerous children of migrant and seasonal farm workers live in rural areas of our country.
The lifestyles and living conditions of farm workers place the children of these families at high risk for many health problems.
This study extends past research by examining the emotional and behavioral health of the children of farm workers in relation to a potentially risky environmental exposure, namely, exposure to violence.
In this descriptive study, the extent of violence exposure, including being a witness to and a victim of violence, is examined among 8-11-year-old children of migrant and seasonal farm workers.
The results show that more than half of the study children had been exposed to violence, with 46 percent having witnessed violence among others and 19 percent having been the direct victims of violence.
There was a fair degree of overlap between having witnessed violence and having been a victim of violence.
Violence exposure was positively related to children's emotional problems, behavioral problems, and weapon carrying behavior.
Compared to nonexposed children, violence exposed children were eight times more likely to evidence internalizing problems, were six times more likely to evidence externalizing problems, and were four times more likely to carry weapons.
These findings suggest that there is a need for further research on this high-risk population, as well as the need to develop and implement innovative public health interventions for rural children.
Mots-clés Pascal : Violence, Emotion émotivité, Comportement social, Enfant, Homme, Immigrant, Agriculture, Travail intérimaire, Milieu rural, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Externalisation internalisation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Violence, Emotion emotionality, Social behavior, Child, Human, Immigrant, Agriculture, Interimistic work, Rural environment, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0434755
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 01/03/1996.