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Perceived health and quality of life: the effect of exposure to atmospheric pollution

Abstract : Interest in understanding how atmospheric pollution affects well-being and quality of life has increased during the last ten years. The existing literature examines the role of psychological and psychosocial factors in understanding the effect of risk perception and annoyance due to air pollution on perceived health and quality of life. However, less attention has been paid to the combined effect of subjective ecological vulnerability and socioeconomic insecurity on quality of life. Drawing on the transactional models of environmental satisfaction and stress, we investigate how health risk perception, perceived annoyance due to air pollution and socioeconomic insecurity could be associated with perceived health and perceived quality of life in two French cities, selected on the basis of their high objective air pollution, and in a reference one with a low level of air pollution. The survey was conducted among a stratified random sample of 1500 participants (500/city). The results highlight the importance of the subjective perception of annoyance and of health risk perception due to air pollution in the combined effects of socioeconomic and ecological factors of vulnerability for the polluted cities.
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Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Marie Préau, Thouraya Annabi-Attia, Aurore Marcouyeux, Inga Wittenberg. Perceived health and quality of life: the effect of exposure to atmospheric pollution. Journal of Risk Research, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015, 18 (2), pp.127-138. ⟨10.1080/13669877.2013.841728⟩. ⟨halshs-01562532⟩



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