Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 17, Issue 23 (December-1 2020) – 446 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): This study qualitatively explored the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure experience and associated stressors to inform public health efforts to support psychosocial health, stress-coping, and resilience in affected communities. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with community members and state public health department representatives from areas with PFAS-contaminated drinking water. Reported stressors included health concerns, uncertainty, institutional delegitimization, distrust, and financial burdens. Strategies included showing empathy; building trust through action; engagement; and providing information and actionable guidance. While communities affected by PFAS contamination will face unavoidable stressors, positive interactions with government responders and health care providers may help reduce stress. View this paper.
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