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Place-based stressors associated with industry and air pollutionAuthor(s): Michelle C. Kondo; Carol Ann Gross-Davis; Katlyn May; Lauren O. Davis; Tyiesha Johnson; Mable Mallard; Alice Gabbadon; Claudia Sherrod; Charles C. Branas
Source: Health & Place. 28: 31-37.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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CitationKondo, Michelle C.; Gross-Davis, Carol Ann; May, Katlyn; Davis, Lauren O.; Johnson, Tyiesha; Mallard, Mable; Gabbadon, Alice; Sherrod, Claudia; Branas, Charles C. 2014. Place-based stressors associated with industry and air pollution. Health & Place. 28: 31-37.
KeywordsAir pollution, Place, Stigma, Psychosocial and community stress, Oil refinery
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