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Gender differences in oudour intensity rating
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Intolerance to odour and other compounds found in the surrounding environment is a frequently reported problem in industrialised countries. Women are overrepresented in illnesses associated with exposure to chemical compounds such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Chemical Intolerance (CI). The aim of this study was to investigate if there are any differences in the way women and men rate perceived intensity, pleasantness/unpleasantness and symptoms due to an exposure of an odour. Thirty‐four (20 women) participants were exposed to the odour of n‐Butanol, during the exposure the participants were asked to rate perceived odour intensity, pleasantness/unpleasantness and symptoms due to the exposure. There was a difference in the way participants rated the intensity of the odour, women tended to rate perceived intensity higher than men. The differences almost reached a statistical significance. There were no gender differences in the way they rated pleasantness/unpleasantness and symptoms. The result did not show any sign of a higher sensitization in women than in men, the perceived higher intensity in women were constant and did not increase over time.

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2012. , 15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59686Archive number: P808OAI: diva2:556251
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Examensarbete i psykologi
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Study Programme for University Diploma in Psychology
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-24 Created: 2012-09-24 Last updated: 2012-09-24Bibliographically approved

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