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Stressful negative life events and amalgam-related complaints
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2011 (English)In: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, ISSN 0301-5661, E-ISSN 1600-0528, Vol. 39, no 1, 12-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The role of stressful life events in the onset of self-reported amalgam-related complaints is unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between life events and amalgam-related complaints. Method: The participants were selected from a longitudinal population-based study. One-to-one matching of 337 participants with amalgam-related complaints to 337 participants without such complaints was performed. For 81 of the participants with amalgam-related complaints and their matched controls, data was also available approximately 5 years before the onset of complaints, making longitudinal analysis possible. All participants completed questionnaires assessing the occurrence of 55 life events. Results: The results showed that many participants with amalgam-related complaints experienced negative life events before and at the onset of amalgam-related complaints. They also reported more unexpected and uncontrollable events difficult to adjust to in comparison with controls. The groups did not differ on positive or neutral life events. Somatic illness or surgical operation was the most common life event. Death of a very close family member and a major change in financial situation were also commonly reported. Conclusions: This study indicates that adverse negative life events could play a vital role in understanding and explaining amalgam-related complaints.

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2011. Vol. 39, no 1, 12-18 p.
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dental status, amalgam-related complaints, Betula
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55635DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.2010.00571.xISI: 000286208000003OAI: diva2:405750
The Betula Study is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (1988-0082:17), Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research (D1988-0092, D1989-0115, D1990-0074, D1991-0258, D1992-0143, D1997-0756, D1997-1841, D1999-0739, B1999-474), Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (F377/1988-2000), Swedish Council for Social Research (1988-1990: 88-0082, 311/1991-2000, 345-2003-3883 and 315-2004-6977), the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden (00-3343/2006) and Alzheimer Foundation; Sweden (2007 2-116).Available from: 2011-03-23 Created: 2011-03-23 Last updated: 2012-01-20Bibliographically approved

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