Gibson PR, Sledd LG, McEnroe WH, Vos AP. Nurs Health Sci. 2011 May 20. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00606.x. [Epub ahead of print]
Department of Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
This paper describes a qualitative interview study of 26 persons with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also referred to as chemical intolerance. We used a phenomenological perspective and planned to focus on the impact of MCS on relationships, but found that difficulty with accessing safe spaces at times prevented relationships by limiting access to personal interactions. Thus, persons with MCS either lost or were unable to cultivate new relationships as a result of lack of spatial access. Others' lack of understanding and refusal to make accommodations at times denied spatial access to those with MCS. In this way, relationships (relationality) and spatial access (spatiality) interacted with one another to keep persons isolated. In this paper, we describe informants' detailed experience of living with chemical intolerance in a culture where chemical exposures are commonplace.
PMID: 21595819 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]