Secondhand smoke exposure and mental health in adults: a meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies

@article{Zeng2015SecondhandSE,
  title={Secondhand smoke exposure and mental health in adults: a meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies},
  author={Yanbei Zeng and Ya-Min Li},
  journal={Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={51},
  pages={1339-1348}
}
  • Y. ZengYa-Min Li
  • Published 1 September 2016
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
PurposePrevious studies assessing secondhand smoke (SHS) and risk of mental health problems have yielded inconsistent results. We performed a meta-analysis to statistically assess the association between SHS exposure, depressive symptoms and psychological distress among adults.MethodsA systematically search of Pubmed (1946–2015) and EMBASE (1976–2015) was conducted and supplemented by bibliographies of all retrieved articles to find additional relevant citations. Odds ratios (OR) and associated… 

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