Mediating Influences of Social Support on Stress at Three Mile Island

Raymond Fleming, Andrew Baum, Martha M. Gisriel, Robert J. Gatchel

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Symptom reporting, task performance, and urinary catecholamine excretion were studied in a group of people living near the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and in control populations. More than a year after the accident, living near the damaged reactor was associated with elevations in all indices of stress compared with control levels. Social support mediated these stress indices such that higher levels were associated with fewer psychological and behavioral symptoms of stress. Biochemical measures showed a different pattern of results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Human Stress
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1982


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