Impacts of an environmental disaster on psychosocial health and well-being in Karakalpakstan

The people of Karakalpakstan, along with those of the entire Aral Sea region, are facing a multitude of health problems corresponding to the drying of the Aral Sea and accompanying ecological consequences

Eric J Crighton

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • The people of Karakalpakstan, along with those of the entire Aral Sea region, are facing a multitude of health problems corresponding to the drying of the Aral Sea and accompanying ecological consequences
  • This research aims to determine the contribution of the environmental disaster to the psychosocial health of people living in Karakalpakstan, a semi-autonomous Republic in Uzbekistan
  • Findings show that 41% of all respondents reported environmental concern while 48% reported levels of somatic symptoms associated with emotional distress, above the normalized cut-point
  • Significant differences in levels of emotional distress were reported between men and women as well as between ethnic groups
  • Environmental problems are commonly perceived to be the cause of somatic symptoms and are significantly related to self-rated health status
  • At the time of survey: McMaster Institute of Environment and Health, McMaster University 1280 Main St. West

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