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Type: Journal article
Title: Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment
Author: Astell-Burt, T.
Maynard, M.
Lenguerrand, E.
Whitrow, M.
Molaodi, O.
Harding, S.
Citation: Health and Place, 2013; 23:171-178
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1353-8292
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Thomas Astell-Burt, Maria J. Maynard, Erik Lenguerrand, Melissa J. Whitrow, Oarabile R. Molaodi, Seeromanie Harding
Abstract: Recent studies suggest that stress can amplify the harm of air pollution. We examined whether experience of racism and exposure to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 µm and 10 µm (PM2.5 and PM10) had a synergistic influence on ethnic differences in asthma and lung function across adolescence. Analyses using multilevel models showed lower forced expiratory volume (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC) and lower rates of asthma among some ethnic minorities compared to Whites, but higher exposure to PM2.5, PM10 and racism. Racism appeared to amplify the relationship between asthma and air pollution for all ethnic groups, but did not explain ethnic differences in respiratory health.
Keywords: Ethnicity
air pollution
Lung function
Rights: © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.07.004
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