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Document ID (ISN)78365
CIS number 02-801
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chen R., Dick F., Semple S., Seaton A., Walker L.G.
Title Exposure to organic solvents and personality
Bibliographic information Jan. 2001, Vol.58, No.1, p.14-18. 22 ref.
Abstract To study the effects of exposure to solvents on personality, 260 male dockyard painters in the United Kingdom, 539 local community controls, 109 Chinese dockyard painters, and 255 dockyard controls completed the personality questionnaires. Both British and Chinese data showed that mean neuroticism scores of painters were significantly higher than those of controls, whereas scores of social conformity did not differ. The relative risk of being a painter increased significantly with increasing neuroticism (N) scores, but social conformity or dissimulation (L) scores showed no such trend. In a case-control analysis, there were significant exposure response relations for the N score. Neuroticism was significantly positively related to neuropsychological symptoms in all subjects. Social conformity showed no association with neuropsychological symptoms in British painters and a negative relation among the Chinese painters.
Descriptors (primary) occupational neurosis; character; organic solvents; shipyards
Descriptors (secondary) China; United Kingdom; human behaviour; social aspects; neuropsychic effects; dose-response relationship; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Shipbuliding and ship repair
Mental health