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Cold summer weather, constrained restoration, and very low birth weight in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
2013 (English)In: Health and Place, ISSN 1353-8292, Vol. 22, 68-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In higher latitudes, relatively cold summer weather may constrain outdoor activities that provide relief from chronic stress. Chronic stress can affect human birth outcomes, including the length of gestation and so the birth weight of the infant. We tested the hypothesis that, in Sweden, the odds of very low birth weight (VLBW; < 1500 g) vary inversely with mean monthly temperature for the summer months. We applied time-series modeling methods to nationally aggregated data on singleton births during the 456 months from January, 1973, through December, 2010. We found elevated odds of VLBW among male infants for relatively cold June and August temperatures. Unpleasant weather may figure in stress-related health outcomes, not only as a stressor, but also as a constraint on restoration.

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2013. Vol. 22, 68-74 p.
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Ambient temperature, Global climate change, Physical activity, Psychological restoration, Psychological stress
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204263DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.03.008ISI: 000320648900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-204263DiVA: diva2:638429
Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-29 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved

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