Emotional Immaturity and Farm Accident Involvement

  • Erisman, J. G.;
  • Huffman, Warren J.


The role of emotional maturity in the accident involvement of farm operators was studied. Volunteer interviewers collected data on 2,547 male farm operators in an 11-county area of Illinois and on 381 female farm residents in 1 of the counties. All subjects were asked to complete the Revised Huffman Inventory (RHI), which measures emotional maturity, and to supply data on age, size of farm, and 5-year accident history. Emotional immaturity as measured by the RHI was found to increase accident susceptibility of both male farm operators and female farm residents; male farm operators with 4 or more accidents and female farm residents with any accidents has significantly lower mean RHI scores. Farm size was significantly related to accident involvement; operators of larger farms were found to have lower measured levels of emotional maturity and greater accident frequency. Emotional maturity and accident involvement were also significantly related to age, with lower emotional maturity and greater accident involvement demonstrated by farmers in the younger age groups, 15-24 and 25-44. There was no significant relationship between emotional maturity and type of accident reported. Limitations of the study, its implications, and recommendations for the future are discussed.


JOURNAL: J Saf Res. 1972; 4(3): 126-132.

Note: Journal of Safety Research.

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This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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