ERIC Number: ED096596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
The Hollow Holiday: Christmas, A Time of Death in Appalachia.
Marriott, Cindy; Harshbarger, Dwight
An inquiry was conducted into the question of the influence of Christmas and Easter on the occurrence of death. The authors hypothesized that dying might be postponed until after these two important events resulting in a significantly increased frequency of death after these holidays. Obituaries were read for 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after each holiday for 6 alternate years beginning in 1960 and ending in 1970. Chi square analyses were calculated for each week. The results indicated a significant peak two weeks after Christmas (p less than .05). The Easter data did not corroborate the author's hypothesis. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Community Environmental Management.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Dept. of Psychology.