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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics

First Advisor

Virginia Clark


The purpose of this study was to identify the attitudes of South Dakota Certified Private Pesticide Applicators toward the use and care of protective clothing used during the handling, mixing and application of pesticides. Demographic and descriptive characteristics of the sample and the effectiveness of certification training methods were also evaluated. Data were collected in November 1990 using a survey instrument developed by the researcher. The sample was selected using a systematic sample, stratified by county, of the Certified Private Pesticide Applicators in South Dakota. A significant relationship was found between the applicators' and launderers' attitudes toward the perceived health risks of pesticide usage and between home laundry procedure and the laundry educational information received by the launderer. No significant relationship was found between the license expiration date and the changes adopted relating to pesticide usage and between the applicator and other family members concerning communication about pesticide usage.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Pesticides -- Application -- Safety measures -- Evaluation
Pesticide applicators (Persons) -- South Dakota -- Protection -- Evaluation
Protective clothing



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