Anthropological and psychological merge: Design of a stress measure for Mexican farmworkers

Shedra Amy Snipes, Beti Thompson, Kathleen O'Connor, Ruby Godina, Genoveva Ibarra

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Abstract

This study implements qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the development of a culturally appropriate instrument of stress for Mexican immigrant farmworkers. Focus groups were used to uncover culturally based perspectives on life stressors, definitions of stress, and stress mediators. Qualitative data were analyzed using QSR NVivo and then used to develop a 23-item stress scale. The scale was tested for reliability and validity in an independent sample and demonstrates excellent reliability (α = 0.9123). Test-retest coefficients of the stress scale are also strong (r = 0.8344, p = 0.0000). Qualitative analyses indicated three major sources of stress: work, family, and community. Emotional aspects of stress also emerged, demonstrating a cultural perspective of stress closely related to feelings of despair and not being able to find a way out of despairing situations. This paper reveals themes gathered from the qualitative data and identifies reliability and validity constructs associated with the scale. The stress scale developed as part of this investigation is a reliable and culturally appropriate instrument for assessing stress among Mexican immigrant farmworkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-388
Number of pages30
JournalCulture, medicine and psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

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Anthropology
Reproducibility of Results
Psychology
Focus Groups
Psychological Stress
Emotions
immigrant
Farmers
Psychological
family work
construct validity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Snipes, Shedra Amy ; Thompson, Beti ; O'Connor, Kathleen ; Godina, Ruby ; Ibarra, Genoveva. / Anthropological and psychological merge : Design of a stress measure for Mexican farmworkers. In: Culture, medicine and psychiatry. 2007 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 359-388.
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In: Culture, medicine and psychiatry, Vol. 31, No. 3, 01.09.2007, p. 359-388.

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