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dc.contributor.authorDoughty, Carolyn J.en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-30T03:39:14Z
dc.date.issued1995en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/1586
dc.description.abstractA randomised telephone survey and the diaries of weather sensitive individuals were analysed to look at the influence of the Nor'Wester in Christchurch. Negative symptomatology was described in conjunction with the Nor'Wester. Residents were more at risk of suffering 'Föhn Illness' if they were female, older, unhealthy or on medication or a long-time resident of Christchurch (any combination of these factors increased the risk further). Independent data sets on suicide, attempted suicide, crime, traffic accidents and psychiatric admissions were compared with meteorological parameters. The suicides and suicide attempts formed two distinct groups in the way in which they related to the weather and climate. Psychiatric admissions showed marked variation from year to year. Admissions for mania were strongly linked with fluctuations in the SOI, fewer admissions for depression were highly correlated with low summer rainfall. Crime was inversely correlated with rainfall and also demonstrated a very close relationship to the monthly sunshine total. Traffic accidents were inversely correlated with sunshine and temperature and exhibited strong cyclical (seasonal and annual) behaviour. Weather anomalies are discussed and suggestions are made for further research.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.subject5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)en
dc.subject5-Hydroxy-Indole Acetic Acid (5-HIAA)en
dc.subjectweather sensitivityen
dc.subjectsuicideen
dc.subjectattempted suicideen
dc.subjectCerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF)en
dc.subjectInternational Classification of Diseases (ICD)en
dc.subjectmaniaen
dc.subjectaggressionen
dc.subjectimpulsivityen
dc.subjectatmospheric spectraen
dc.subjectSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)en
dc.subjectdepressionen
dc.subjectcircadianen
dc.subjectinfradianen
dc.subjectBiometeorologyen
dc.subjectNor'Westeren
dc.subjectFöhn Illnessen
dc.titleThe role of weather and climate in human health and activity, Christchurch, New Zealanden
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::370000 Studies in Human Society::370100 Sociology::370109 Environmental Sociologyen
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::320000 Medical and Health Sciences::321200 Public Health and Health Services::321201 Environmental and occupational health and safetyen
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::260000 Earth Sciences::269900 Other Earth Sciences::269901 Physical geographyen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
dc.rights.accessRightsDigital thesis can be viewed by current staff and students of Lincoln University only. Print copy available for reading in Lincoln University Library.en
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pubs.publication-statusPublisheden


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