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Document ID (ISN)73013
CIS number 99-834
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lindgren K.N., Masten V.L., Tiburzi M.J., Ford D.P., Bleecker M.L.
Title The factor structure of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and its relationship to occupational lead exposure
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.41, No.1, p.3-10. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract The Profile of Mood States (POMS) is an instrument composed of six mood scales that were developed using clinical populations. 467 current and retired lead-smelter workers completed the POMS, and a factor analysis was performed on the individual items. Factor analysis produced one factor, labelled "general distress", that was composed mainly of items from five of the six POMS subscales (anger, confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension) and a second factor labelled "psychological adjustment". Integrated blood lead level, a measure of cumulative lead exposure that included prior high exposure, was significantly related to the POMS "general distress" factor, while a current blood lead level that was relatively low was unrelated. As expected, POMS psychological adjustment was not related to lead exposure. Factor analysis did not support the use of six separate POMS subscales in this occupational population. Topics: age-linked differences; alcoholism; lead; depressive neurosis; determination in blood; evaluation of technique; exposure evaluation; human behaviour; lead industry; lead poisoning; long-term exposure; mental health; neuropsychic stress; psychological effects; psychological tests.
Descriptors (primary) lead; psychological tests; lead industry; psychological effects; long-term exposure
Descriptors (secondary) neuropsychic stress; lead poisoning; alcoholism; depressive neurosis; determination in blood; mental health; exposure evaluation; evaluation of technique; age-linked differences; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Alcohol and drug abuse
Smelting and refining operations
Lead and compounds
Inorganic substances