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Mental disorders among Chernobyl cleanup workers from Estonia: A clinical assessment.
National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia.
National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia.
Center of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy SENSUS, Tallinn, Estonia.
National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn, Estonia.
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2017 (English)In: Psychological Trauma, ISSN 1942-9681, E-ISSN 1942-969X, Vol. 9, no Suppl 1, 93-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To assess, at a clinical level, the mental health of former Chernobyl cleanup workers from Estonia by comparing them with same-age controls.

METHOD: The Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) was administered during 2011-2012 to 99 cleanup workers and 100 population-based controls previously screened for mental health symptoms.

RESULTS: Logistic regression analysis showed that cleanup workers had higher odds of current depressive disorder (odds ratio [OR] = 3.07, 95% confidence interval [CI: 1.34, 7.01]), alcohol dependence (OR = 3.47, 95% CI [1.29, 9.34]), and suicide ideation (OR = 3.44, 95% CI [1.28, 9.21]) than did controls. Except for suicide ideation, associations with Chernobyl exposure became statistically nonsignificant when adjusted for education and ethnicity.

CONCLUSION: A quarter of a century after the Chernobyl accident, Estonian cleanup workers were still at increased risk of mental disorders, which was partly attributable to sociodemographic factors. (PsycINFO Database Record

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2017. Vol. 9, no Suppl 1, 93-97 p.
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33275DOI: 10.1037/tra0000195PubMedID: 27669164OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33275DiVA: diva2:1137808
Available from: 2017-09-01 Created: 2017-09-01 Last updated: 2017-09-01Bibliographically approved

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