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 SCL-90-R,
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 a...
Mots-clés Pascal : Composé chimique, Toxicité, Trouble odorat, Sensibilité, Homme, Epidémiologie, Etats Unis, Test neuropsychologique, Autoévaluation, Adulte jeune, Cacosmie, Sensibilite chimique multiple, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Système nerveux pathologie, Trouble neurologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Chemical compound, Toxicity, Olfactory disorder, Sensitivity, Human, Epidemiology, United States, Neuropsychological test, Self evaluation, Young adult, Multiple chemical sensitivity, North America, America, Nervous system diseases, Neurological disorder
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