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Thoroughly modern worries: the relationship of worries about modernity to reported symptoms, health and medical care utilization.
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PMID:  11448708     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: There is now greater public concern about how features of modern life pose threats to personal health. In two studies, we investigated the relationship between individuals' worries about modernity affecting health to symptom reports, perceptions of health and health care utilization. METHODS: In the first study, 526 University students completed a questionnaire measuring modern health worries (MHW), symptom reports and health perceptions. A second study utilized an existing national survey database of 7869 New Zealanders. Part of the survey examined people's concerns of modernity affecting their health in the past 12 months, as well as the use of conventional medical and alternative health care. RESULTS: We found concerns about modernity affecting health were made up of four major components: environmental pollution, toxic interventions, tainted food and radiation. MHW were significantly associated with somatic complaints and ratings of the importance of health to the individual. We also found individuals with high levels of MHW had a higher rate of food intolerance and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In the second study, we found MHW to be associated with medical care utilization, particularly of alternative health practitioners. CONCLUSIONS: The results of these studies suggest concerns about modernity do cause changes in the way individuals interpret somatic information and may play a role in undermining perceptions of health. The area of MHW is worthy of study and may hold importance for understanding aspects of functional disorders.
K J Petrie; B Sivertsen; M Hysing; E Broadbent; R Moss-Morris; H R Eriksen; H Ursin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-12     Completed Date:  2001-08-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  395-401     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Psychology Research Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Data Collection
Environmental Pollutants / adverse effects
Food Contamination
Health Services / utilization*
Health Status*
Radioactive Pollutants / adverse effects
Somatoform Disorders
Stress, Psychological*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Radioactive Pollutants

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