Undocumented Status as a Social Determinant of Occupational Safety and Health: The Workers’ Perspective
Published Date:Sep 10 2015
Source:Am J Ind Med. 58(11):1127-1137.
Emigrants And Immigrants
Emigration And Immigration
Health Services Accessibility
Occupational Safety And Health
Social Determinates Of Health
Theory Of Work Adjustment
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4632487
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
Undocumented immigration to the United States has grown dramatically over the past 25 years. This study explores undocumented status as a social determinant of occupational health by examining its perceived consequences on workplace safety of Latino immigrants.
Guided by the Theory of Work Adjustment, qualitative analysis was conducted on transcripts from focus groups and individual interviews conducted with a convenience sample of Latino immigrant workers.
Participants reported that unauthorized status negatively impacted their safety at work and resulted in a degree of alienation that exceeded the specific proscriptions of the law. Participants overwhelming used a strategy of disengagement to cope with the challenges they face as undocumented immigrants.
This study describes the complex web of consequences resulting from undocumented status and its impact on occupational health. This study presents a framework connecting the daily work experiences of immigrants, the coping strategy of disengagement, and efforts to minimize the impact of structural violence.
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