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Problems of Radiation Medicine and Radiobiology



Overview of the mental health research among residents of contaminated territories and Chernobyl clean-up workers/liquidators in Belarus

Igumnov S. A., Lapanau P. S.

This review deals with the latest information concerning the studies of the effect of the Chernobyl accident on the mental health of different population groups of Belarus. Observed the pathogenesis of mental disorders, developing in individuals living in the contaminated territories. Reviewed different factors affecting the mental health of such population group as the liquidators. Disclosed is a phenomenon of squatters (samosely) people who voluntarily returned to their homes in the exclusion zone after the forced relocation. The data studies, including its own, mental disorders in children, exposed to radioactive exposure in different periods of development.

Key words: Chernobyl accident, internal radiation, liquidators, squatters, exclusion zone, contaminated areas, nuclides, mental health, psycho-organic syndrome, cesium-137, stroncium-90, iodine-131.

Problems of radiation medicine and radiobiology. 2015;20:55-74.

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