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Portrait Mimmi Barmark. Photo: Emma Lord.

Mimmi Barmark

Senior Lecturer | Director of Studies

Portrait Mimmi Barmark. Photo: Emma Lord.

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

Author

  • Mimmi Maria Barmark

Summary, in English

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.

Department/s

  • Sociology

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

490-507

Publication/Series

International Journal of Environmental Health Research

Volume

25

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1369-1619