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Titolo:
NEUROPSYCHIATRIC AND SOMATIC CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUNG-ADULTS WITH ANDWITHOUT SELF-REPORTED CHEMICAL ODOR INTOLERANCE AND CHEMICAL-SENSITIVITY
Autore:
BELL IR; MILLER CS; SCHWARTZ GE; PETERSON JM; AMEND D;
Indirizzi:
TUCSON VET AFFAIRS MED CTR,DEPT PSYCHIAT,3601 S 6TH ST,MS 116A TUCSONAZ 85723 UNIV ARIZONA,DEPT PSYCHIAT TUCSON AZ 00000 UNIV ARIZONA,DEPT PSYCHOL TUCSON AZ 85721 UNIV ARIZONA,DEPT NEUROL TUCSON AZ 00000 UNIV TEXAS,HLTH SCI CTR,DEPT FAMILY PRACTICE ENVIRONM & OCCUPAT MED SAN ANTONIO TX 00000
Titolo Testata:
Archives of environmental health
fascicolo: 1, volume: 51, anno: 1996,
pagine: 9 - 21
SICI:
0003-9896(1996)51:1<9:NASCOY>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ORGANIC-SOLVENT EXPOSURE; TIME-DEPENDENT SENSITIZATION; POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER; VENTRAL TEGMENTAL AREA; SICK BUILDING SYNDROME; LEFT-HANDEDNESS; ORGANOPHOSPHATE PESTICIDE; ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS; NERVOUS-SYSTEM; PANIC DISORDER;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
114
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Citazione:
I.R. Bell et al., "NEUROPSYCHIATRIC AND SOMATIC CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUNG-ADULTS WITH ANDWITHOUT SELF-REPORTED CHEMICAL ODOR INTOLERANCE AND CHEMICAL-SENSITIVITY", Archives of environmental health, 51(1), 1996, pp. 9-21

Abstract

The psychological, neuropsychiatric, and somatic characteristics of young adults who have different degrees of cacosmia (i.e., feeling ''ill'' from the odor of xenobiotic chemicals) and who have self-described''chemical sensitivity'' were examined. A total of 800 college students completed the following: a self-rating scale for frequency of odor intolerance for 10 common substances, Simon Environmental Illness Symptom Survey, the SCL90-9, Barsky Amplification Scale, Pearlin-Schooler Mastery Scale, Cheek-Buss and Kagan Shyness scales, Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale, and a health-symptom and physician-diagnosed checklist. Two pairs of groups were compared: (1) subjects in the top 16% (i.e., cacosmics) and bottom 15% (noncacosmics) of the sample with respect to odor intolerance scale scores; and (2) subjects from the entire sample who did (28%) or did not (72%) consider themselves to be ''especially sensitive to certain chemicals. '' Cacosmics and the chemically sensitive subjects scored significantly higher on measures of psychological distress and amplification of somatic symptoms, but there was little evidence of lifestyle change, as assessed by the Simon Survey. Compared with their respective comparison groups, cacosmic and chemically sensitive groups had significantly higher incidences of illnesses associated with chemicals, alcohol intake, opiate drug use, and caffeine use, even after controlling for the psychological measures and histories of atopic allergy. Subjects with and without neuropsychiatricsymptoms were differentiated with respect to chemical odor intolerance, but subjects with and without atopic allergies and possible autoimmune diseases were differentiated with respect to chemical sensitivity. Females were more cacosmic than males. Cacosmia is defined by a population subset, with or without occupational xenobiotic exposures or disability, that has distress and symptom amplification and neuropsychiatric and somatic symptoms, none of which are explained fully by psychological measures. Prospective clinical studies are possible with such individuals. The data are also consistent with a time-dependent sensitization model for illness from low-level chemical exposures.

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