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Psychol Trauma. 2017 Aug;9(Suppl 1):93-97. doi: 10.1037/tra0000195. Epub 2016 Sep 26.

Mental disorders among Chernobyl cleanup workers from Estonia: A clinical assessment.

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1
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Institute for Health Development.
2
Center of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy SENSUS.
3
Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change, Södertörn University

Abstract

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

PMID:
27669164
DOI:
10.1037/tra0000195
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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