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Well-being and environmental quality: Does pollution affect life satisfaction?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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2016 (English)In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, E-ISSN 1573-2649, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 699-705Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: We aimed to explore the effect of ambient air pollution on individual persons' levels of subjective well-being. Our research question was: to what extent is an individual's life satisfaction shaped by exposure to PM10?

METHODS: We used regression models to analyse data on subjective well-being indicators from the last two waves of the European social survey (ESS) and detailed information on local levels of the air pollutant PM10.

RESULTS: An increase in PM10 annual concentrations by 1 μg/m(3) was associated with a significant reduction in life satisfaction of .017 points on the ESS 10-point life satisfaction scale.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that even in cases of relatively low levels of PM10 air pollution (mean annual concentration of 8.3 ± 3.9 μg/m(3)), in addition to the effects on physical health, exposure negatively affects subjective assessments of well-being.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 699-705
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Life satisfaction, Environmental pollution, Air quality, Subjective health assessment
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111751DOI: 10.1007/s11136-015-1104-6ISI: 000370796700020PubMedID: 26289023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111751DiVA: diva2:873071
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved

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