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Mental Health of Liquidators of the Chernobyl Disaster


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Title: Mental Health of Liquidators of the Chernobyl Disaster
Authors: Kryzhanovskaya, Ludmila / Nakano, Yoshibumi
Issue Date: Dec-1996
Citation: Acta medica Nagasakiensia. 1996, 41(3-4), p.15-19
Abstract: It is about one decade since the occurrence of the Chernobyl accident. Although it is generally assumed that many people are still suffered physically and mentally from radioactive contamination, we cannot say that their situation has been fully investigated. For two years, from 1990 to 1992, psychiatric influences on the people who had participated in cleaning the radioactive contaminated areas for some period from right after the accident were investigated, and this paper reports on the results of the investigation. The subjects were 274 people (222 males and 52 females): they answered questionnaires and the existence of the listed symptoms was confirmed. Most of the subjects had some kind of psychiatric symptoms, which were mainly asthenic, pseudo-neurotic, depressive, psychopathic and organic, but they were not so significant as to confirm a certain disease. However, they were suffered from negative effects on various social functions due to these psychiatric symptoms. We think these symptoms as a whole could be called a post-Chernobyl cerebrasthenic syndrome.
Keywords: Chernobyl disaster / mental health / psychosocial effect
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/16059
ISSN: 00016055
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 41, No. 3-4

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/16059

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