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Social determinants of the sick building syndrome: exploring the interrelated effects of social position and psychosocial situation

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This paper examines the importance of various social factors for the prevalence of “sick building syndrome” (SBS) in residential buildings. A survey has been conducted in Malmö, Sweden, resulting in 1131 randomly selected residents participating in the study (response rate 57 %). Two clusters of social factors were examined: the socio-structural position of the individual and psychosocial aspects of the housing situation. The results show that country of birth, in particular, and also education and employment status are important predictors of “domestic SBS”. “Housing satisfaction” turns out to be an important psychosocial predictor of SBS, explaining, for example, why immigrants report more symptoms than natives.
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Keywords: environmental syndrome; health inequalities; housing satisfaction; psychosocial factors; social factors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Sociology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Publication date: September 3, 2015

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