Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

The impact of exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields on chronic well-being in young people - A cross-sectional study based on personal dosimetry. epidem.

Published in: Environ Int 2011; 37 (1): 26-30

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Germany to investigate the possible association of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and chronic symptoms in children and adolescents.

Further details

Behavioural problems of the same study population are analyzed in Thomas et al (2010) and acute symptoms in Heinrich et al (2010).

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation: (odds ratio (OR))

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 exposure quartile 1
Group 2 exposure quartile 2
Group 3 exposure quartile 3
Group 4 exposure quartile 4
Reference group 5 children exposed to 0.13 - ≤ 0.25 % of the ICNIRP reference level
Group 6 children exposed to 0.25 - 0.92 % of the ICNIRP reference level (90th percentile)
Reference group 7 adolescents exposed to 0.13 - ≤ 0.26 % of the ICNIRP reference level
Group 8 adolescents exposed to 0.26 - 0.78 % of the ICNIRP reference level (90th percentile)
Reference group 9 child's mobile phone use: less than nearly daily
Group 10 child's mobile phone use: at least daily
Reference group 11 child's DECT phone use: less than nearly daily
Group 12 child's DECT phone use: at least nearly daily
Reference group 13 adolescent's mobile phone use: less than nearly daily
Group 14 adolescent's mobile phone use: at least daily
Reference group 15 adolescent's DECT phone use: less than nearly daily
Group 16 adolescent's DECT phone use: at least nearly daily

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 6,386
Participants 3,022
Participation rate 52 %
Other:

1498 children and 1524 adolescents participated in interview and exposure measurement

Statistical analysis method: ( adjustment: )

Conclusion (acc. to author)

Measured exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields was far below the current ICNIRP reference levels (0.13 - 0.92 %). The most reported chronic symptom in children and adolescents was fatigue.
No statistically significant association between measured exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and chronic symptoms was observed among children and adolescents.

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