EMOTIONAL HEALTH IN EXTREME AND NORMAL ENVIRONMENTS
NAVY MEDICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH UNIT SAN DIEGO CA
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Certain demographic and social background factors, notably age and education, tend to have constant relationships to the amount of symptomatology expressed, regardless of variations in environmental conditions. Under the conditions of prolonged group isolation and confinement experienced at Antarctic scientific stations, a number of relationships appeared between social background or personality characteristics and emotional symptoms which were not present under less extreme conditions. We have attempted to demonstrate that susceptibility to emotional disturbances is importantly related to and predictable from specific personal and social characteristics, including occupational role, and that certain relationships only appear after prolonged mild stress.
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