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Vacation, collective restoration, and mental health in a population
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
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA .
Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research.
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA .
2013 (English)In: Society and Mental Health, Vol. 3, no 3, 221-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vacations enable people to help one another, spend time together in pleasant contexts, and renew relational resources. Reasoning that these shared activities spread social and psychological benefits through social networks, we hypothesized that increase in the number of vacationing workers engenders nonlinear decline in psychological distress at the population level. We applied time-series methods to aggregate data on monthly dispensation of antidepressants to the Swedish population for the 147 months starting January 1993. We obtained the data from the pharmacy corporation allied with the national health care system and from governmental sources. Dispensation of antidepressants declined logarithmically with increase in the number of vacationing workers, for men and women alike. The associations held among people beyond retirement age as well as people of working age, further evidence that vacation benefits spread beyond vacationing workers. The results bear on the social regulation of time for restoration as a general determinant of population health

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2013. Vol. 3, no 3, 221-236 p.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213682DiVA: diva2:683151
Available from: 2014-01-02 Created: 2014-01-02 Last updated: 2016-05-02

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