ERIC Number: ED234937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Alcohol Use among Migrant Laborers. Final Report.
Mattera, Gloria; And Others
A 1982 study of alcohol use among migrant laborers in New York focuses on the extent of drinking among workers with different characteristics, to test the hypothesis that in camps composed primarily of family groups social control mechanisms will be more highly developed than in camps composed primarily of unattached men, and that this will be reflected in differences in drinking behavior. Interviews conducted with 217 Black and Haitian migrant agricultural workers in 13 camps in 4 upstate New York counties indicate that unattached, older, less-educated, lower-status Black men account for most of the heavy drinking in migrant camps, and that people travelling in family groups under the surveillance and control of kin report less frequent and less heavy drinking, and less trouble as a result. A consequence is that as more family groups leave migrant work, more migrants are unattached men, leading to increasing visibility of and concern about the problem of heavy alcohol use. The major recommendation is that recreational, social, and other activities be made available for migrant farmworkers, particularly on weekends and during "down" times, inclement weather, and evenings, as the heaviest drinking is during the weekend and other non-working times. The interview questionnaire and statistical tables are included. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Health Research Council.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.
Identifiers: New York (Upstate)