Personal and psychosocial factors and symptoms compatible with sick building syndrome in the Swedish workforce
2006 (English)In: Indoor Air, ISSN 0905-6947, E-ISSN 1600-0668, Vol. 16, no 6, 445-453 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A random sample of 1000 subjects (20-65 years of age) received a postal questionnaire regarding sick building syndrome (SBS), including the three-dimensional model of demand-control-support (DCS). The response rate was 70% (n = 695), and 532 were occupationally active. Female gender and atopy were the main predictors of symptoms. Eye symptoms were more common at low social support combined with strained work situation [odds ratio (OR) 2.37], and at high social support combined with active work situation (OR 3.00). Throat symptoms were more common at low social support combined with either passive (OR 1.86) or strained situation (OR 2.42). Tiredness was more common at low social support combined with either passive (OR 2.41), strained (OR 2.25), or active situation (OR 1.87), and at high social support combined with active work situation (OR 1.83). Low social support combined with either passive (P = 0.01) or strained job situation (P = 0.01) was associated with a higher symptom score (SC). The lowest SC was found at a relaxed work situation, irrespective of social support. In conclusion, female gender, low age, asthma, atopy and psychosocial work environment are associated with symptoms. The three-dimensional model can predict symptoms compatible with SBS, but in a more complex way than earlier research indicated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 16, no 6, 445-453 p.
atopy, gender, job Strain, occupational Stress, psychosocial work environment, sick building syndrome
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93345DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2006.00438.xISI: 000241832600005PubMedID: 17100665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93345DiVA: diva2:166795