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Journal Article Review Psychology Mrs. Clouser Journal Article Review Dampness and Mold in the Home and Depression The purpose of this research was to find out if there was an existing relationship between mold in the home and depression with those living there. Researchers measured the level of dampness and mold in each residence and classified any discernable mold exposure as minimal, moderate, or extensive.
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Throughout Europe, in eight cities total, households were interviewed and asked several questions regarding mold in their homes. The participants were asked if they had any depressive symptoms such as sleeping problems and decreased appetite. Residents were also asked if they had actually been diagnosed within the past year before the study was done by their doctor for symptoms of depression. The researchers in this study found that many of the residents in homes that had mold had other problems other
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Unformatted text preview: than depression. “If you are sick from the mold and feel like you cannot get rid of it, it may affect your mental health” (Carol Potera). Robert Gifford, a psychology professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, interprets the results cautiously. He believes that while mold and depression do indeed have a small relationship to each other, it is impossible to say it is just merely a casual one at that. Gifford also believes that income could have an affect on the mold and depression link. Although it is a bit far fetched, it makes sense. He believes that the upper class society do not suffer from depression nearly as much because they can afford to have their homes cleansed of mold contamination than those who cannot change their living conditions due to lack of money. “Income may be an important missing variable.” says Gifford....
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