Evaluation of a Swedish version of the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory
2010 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 83, no 1, 95-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To psychometrically evaluate a Swedish version of the Quick Environment Exposure Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI), originally developed in the United States, which is a sensitive and fast questionnaire instrument with five scales used to investigate chemical intolerance. Methods: Ninety non-intolerant, 67 mildly intolerant, and 126 moderately/severely intolerant individuals to environmental chemicals responded at test and retest (n = 69, 64, 120, respectively) occasions to the Swedish version of the QEESI. Results Good internal consistency (α = 0.74–0.95) and test–retest reliability (r = 0.78–0.93) was found in all scales, except for the internal consistency in the Masking Index (Kuder-Richardson coefficient = 0.10). All scales, but the Masking Index, further showed good convergent validity (somewhat lower in the Other Intolerences scale) and predominantly unidimensionality. Conclusions: The Swedish version of the QEESI is reliable and valid for investigation of chemical intolerance, but the Masking Index scale does not represent a unified concept of exposure to masking agents.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2010. Vol. 83, no 1, 95-104 p.
chemical intolerance, symptoms, exposure, quality of life, odor, trigeminal
Psychology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Environmental Health and Occupational Health
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30110DOI: 10.1007/s00420-009-0427-4ISI: 000272430100012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-30110DiVA: diva2:279838