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Season of birth and schizophrenia in Tasmania


Jones, IH and Hay, DA and Kirkby, KC and Daniels, BA and Mowry, BJ, Season of birth and schizophrenia in Tasmania, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 31, (1) pp. 57-61. ISSN 0004-8674 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/00048679709073799


Objective: The purpose of the present study was to determine whether there was a significant seasonal variation in the birth dates of patients with schizophrenia born in Tasmania. Method: The season of birth in Tasmanian-born patients with schizophrenia (n = 1412), born between 1919-1970, was compared with general population data. Results: No significant variation in month or quarter of birth was detected for the subjects with schizophrenia. Neither was there any significant seasonal excess when data from different decades were analysed separately, nor for subsidiary analyses of gender or paranoid/non paranoid subtype. Conclusion: These results are compared with those of six other published studies of Australasian-born subjects identified through registers in different States. While both positive and negative results are reported, no clear pattern emerges. The relevance of season of birth to the development of schizophrenia in Australia remains an open question.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jones, IH (Professor Ivor Jones)
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
UTAS Author:Daniels, BA (Dr Brett Daniels)
ID Code:11251
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Clinical Sciences
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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