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A Review of Non-Chemical Stressors and Their Importance in Cumulative Risk Assessment
Hibbert, K. AND N. Tulve. A Review of Non-Chemical Stressors and Their Importance in Cumulative Risk Assessment. 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Risk Analysis, Arlington, VA, December 10 - 14, 2017.
To conduct a systematic scoping review on non-chemical stressors from a child’s social environment to understand their importance in cumulative risk assessment and how they may impact children’s health.
Cumulative exposure/risk assessments need to include non-chemical stressors as well as human activities and chemical data. Multiple stressor research can offer information on the interactions between chemical and non-chemical stressors needed for cumulative risk assessment research. Non-chemical stressors exist in the built, natural and social environments and include physical factors (e.g., noise, temperature, humidity) and psychosocial factors (e.g., poor diet, smoking, illicit drug use). Scientists study how non-chemical stressors from the social environment (e.g., social support, stress, exposure to violence) affect the biological response to chemical exposures, impacting children’s health[2-5]. This topic is one research area within our conceptual framework and highly important for understanding children’s health and well-being within the cumulative risk assessment framework