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Article

Stress under modernization in indigenous populations of Siberia

International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2003. No. 62:2. P. 158-166.
Kozlov A., Vershubsky G., Kozlova M. A.

Objectives. Arterial blood pressure and serum blood glucose con­centration, and the level of anxiety, as determined by the Spielberger test, as physical and psychological markers of stress under “moderni­zation”, were studied in groups of native Siberians: the Khanty and the Mansi.

Results. The fraction of respondents with a high level of anxiety is 64% of the total sample. The average values of systolic and diastolic blood pressure are higher among natives living in large than in small “national” settlements (p<0.05). The arterial blood pressure of town dwellers is even higher. The same patterns are seen in the blood se­rum glucose concentrations in female samples. The average arterial blood pressure (in males and females) and the blood serum glucose concentration (in females) increases as people diverge from “tradi­tional” lifestyles.

Conclusions. The results demonstrate that “modernization” and urbanization have a serious stressing influence on the aborigines of North Siberia.