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Prevalence and risk factors for chemical sensitivity and sensory hyperreactivity in teenagers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2008 (English)In: International journal of hygiene and environmental health (Print), ISSN 1438-4639, E-ISSN 1618-131X, Vol. 211, no 5-6, 690-697 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

prevalence of chemical sensitivity (CS) and sensory hyperreactivity (SHR) was assessed in a teenage population. Among a random sample of 401 teenagers, 326 (81.3%) answered questionnaires assessing sensitivity to chemicals and noise, anxiety and depression. A subgroup of 85 teenagers conducted a capsaicin inhalation test. The estimated prevalence was 15.6% for general self-reported CS, 3.7% for CS with affective and behavioral consequences, about 1% for SHR. Sensitivity variables were positively intercorrelated. Risk factors for general CS were noise sensitivity (OR: 2.1), probable anxiety (OR: 2.5) and female sex (OR: 2.0). CS problems seem to be present also in teenagers, although less so than in adults. Furthermore, CS seems to be related to other environmental sensitivities.

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2008. Vol. 211, no 5-6, 690-697 p.
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Chemical sensitivity, Sensory hyperreactivity, Adolescent health, Environmental sensitivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10466DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2008.02.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-10466DiVA: diva2:150137
Available from: 2008-09-15 Created: 2008-09-15 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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