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NCJ Number: 49286 Find in a Library
Title: HUMAN AGGRESSION AND THE LUNAR SYNODIC CYCLE
Author(s): A L LIEBER
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DATA ON THE INCIDENCE OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, SUICIDE, TRAFFIC FATALITIES, AND PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS ARE EXAMINED IN A STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGGRESSIVE/VIOLENT BEHAVIOR AND THE PHASES OF THE MOON.
Abstract: DATA ON AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR OCCURRING IN DADE COUNTY, FLA., WERE GATHERED FROM POLICE FILES ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT OVER A 5-YEAR PERIOD (1969-1973), MEDICAL EXAMINER RECORDS ON SUICIDES AND FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS FROM 1956 THROUGH 1968, AND HOSPITAL RECORDS (AUGUST 1969 TO JUNE 1974) ON PERSONS WHO CAME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND WERE SUBSEQUENTLY REFERRED TO A PSYCHIATRIST. COMPUTER ANALYSIS WAS USED TO EXAMINE THESE DATA IN CONNECTION WITH MOON PHASES. ALL FIVE CATEGORIES OF DATA SHOW LUNAR PERIODICITIES. HOMICIDE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CASES CLUSTER AROUND FULL MOONS. PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS CLUSTER AROUND FIRST-QUARTER MOONS AND DECREASE SIGNIFICANTLY AROUND NEW AND FULL MOONS. THE SUICIDE CURVE CORRELATES WITH BOTH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, SUGGESTING A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE COMPONENT FOR EACH OF THESE BEHAVIORS. THE POSSIBILITY THAT THERE EXISTS A BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM OF HUMAN AGGRESSION THAT RESONATES WITH THE LUNAR CYCLE IS RAISED. SUPPORTNG DATA AND A LIST OF REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED-LKM).
Index Term(s): Aggravated assault; Biological influences; Florida; Mental disorders; Studies; Suicide; Traffic accidents; Violence
Note: REPRINTED FROM JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY, V 39, N 5 (MAY 1978), P 385-387, 390-393
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