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Mood fluctuation in Antarctic expeditioners: does one size fit all?


Hawkes, C and Norris, K and Ayton, J and Paton, D, Mood fluctuation in Antarctic expeditioners: does one size fit all?, Polar Record, 55, (2) pp. 93-101. ISSN 0032-2474 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S003224741900024X


It has long been argued that mood fluctuation patterns in Antarctic expeditioners are largely homogeneous. This research investigated mood fluctuation patterns throughout all the stages of Antarctic deployment using latent class growth analysis. Utilising advanced statistical methods, such as latent class growth analysis, can greatly help in identifying if mood fluctuation patterns experienced by Antarctic expeditioners are homogenous, and provide insight into mood fluctuation patterns, which was not possible with traditional group-based quantitative methods. Gaining a greater insight into mood fluctuation patterns in Antarctic expeditioners can assist with the development, and implementation of, strategies to assist with expeditioner well-being. The analysis was conducted on 423 expeditioner from the Australian Antarctic program between the 2005-2009 Antarctic deployment seasons. The results supported the notion that mood fluctuation patterns in expeditioners within the Australian-Antarctic programme were largely homogeneous, as a 1-class cubic latent class growth model was identified as being the optimal fit for the dataset. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in relation to research and prevention and intervention strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, mood, third quarter phenomenon, longitudinal, adjustment, psychology, expeditioners
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Hawkes, C (Ms Clare Hawkes)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
UTAS Author:Ayton, J (Dr Jeffrey Ayton)
ID Code:134433
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-08-13
Last Modified:2020-08-07

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