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BOOKLET to Provide Basic Information Regarding Health Effects of Radiation (3rd edition)

Overview of Health Effects - Chernobyl NPS Accident -

Overview of Health Effects - Chernobyl NPS Accident -_Figure

The effects of the Chernobyl NPS Accident are often cited as an example of psychological effects of nuclear disasters.

According to summaries by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and WHO, psychological effects surpassed direct health effects of radiation.

After the Chernobyl NPS Accident, many complained about health problems because of mental stress. This was not caused solely by the effects of radiation but is considered to have resulted from a complex combination of multiple factors including social and economic instability brought about by the collapse of the USSR at the time, which caused a great deal of mental stress to people.

  • Included in this reference material on March 31, 2013
  • Updated on March 31, 2017
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