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Volume 33, Issue 2

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Moon/sun – suicide

Attempts to understand the complex mechanism of suicide

Zoltán Kmetty
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  • Department of Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Budapest 1056, Hungary
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/ Álmos Tomasovszky / Károly Bozsonyi
Published Online: 2018-05-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2017-0039

Abstract

Introduction:

Findings concerning the effects of moon phases and sun activity on suicide are mixed in the international literature.

Aim:

Our aim was to examine the hypothesised effects according to gender and age on Hungarian data covering more than 30 years.

Methods:

Time series ARIMA models and dynamic regression models were applied in our analysis.

Results:

Among women aged 20–49 years, a significant increase in the risk of suicide has been observed during proton solar events. At the same time, among women aged 50–59 years a slight but significant decrease has been identified in the risk of suicide during magnetic storms and full moons.

Conclusion:

Proton solar events, geomagnetic storms and moon phases caused changes in the risk of suicide in certain age groups in the case of women only.

Keywords: geomagnetic storms; moon phases; proton solar events; suicide

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About the article

Received: 2017-10-11

Accepted: 2018-03-05

Published Online: 2018-05-09

Published in Print: 2018-06-27


Author Statement

Research funding: Author state no funding involved.

Conflict of interest: Author state no conflict of interest.

Informed consent: Informed consent is not applicable.

Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to either human or animal use.


Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 213–217, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2017-0039.

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