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August 1974

A Model for Life Changes and Illness Research: Cross-Cultural Data From the Norwegian Navy

Author Affiliations

From the Biochemical Correlates Division (Commander Rahe) and Epidemiology and Operational Psychiatry Division (Dr. Gunderson), US Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit (Captain Arthur), San Diego, Calif; and the Department of Psychology (Drs. Fløistad and Gerhardt) and the Norwegian Navy (Drs. Bergan and Ringdal), Norwegian Armed Forces, Oslo.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;31(2):172-177. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760140030004

A life stress and illness model was drawn from studies of recent life changes data and near-future illness reports of a group of Norwegian Navy enlisted men. Results of these studies closely agreed with previously reported findings for US Navy subjects. Both sets of data indicate that the fewer the intervening variables and the less the time interval between subjects' recent life changes and their near-future illness symptoms, the higher is the correlation between these two parameters.

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