The perception of the relationship between environment and health according to data from Italian Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI)

L. Sampaolo, G. Tommaso, B. Gherardi, G. Carrozzi, A. Freni Sterrantino, M. Ottone, C.A. Goldoni, N. Bertozzi, M. Scaringi, L. Bolognesi, M. Masocco, P. Lauriola, Stefania Salmaso

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"OBJECTIVES: to identify groups of people in relation to the perception of environmental risk and to assess the main characteristics using data collected in the environmental module of the surveillance network Italian Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI). METHODS: perceptive profiles were identified using a latent class analysis; later they were included as outcome in multinomial logistic regression models to assess the association between environmental risk perception and demographic, health, socio-economic and behavioural variables. RESULTS: the latent class analysis allowed to split the sample in "worried", "indifferent", and "positive" people. The multinomial logistic regression model showed that the "worried" profile typically includes people of Italian nationality, living in highly urbanized areas, with a high level of education, and with economic difficulties; they pay special attention to their own health and fitness, but they have a negative perception of their own psychophysical state. CONCLUSIONS: the application of advanced statistical analysis enable to appraise PASSI data in order to characterize the perception of environmental risk, making the planning of interventions related to risk communication possible. ".
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalEpidemiologia e prevenzione
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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