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1.  Measuring Workplace Travel Behaviour: Validity and Reliability of Survey Questions 
Background. The purpose of this study was to assess the (previously untested) reliability and validity of survey questions commonly used to assess travel mode and travel time. Methods. Sixty-five respondents from a staff survey of travel behaviour conducted in a south-western Sydney hospital agreed to complete a travel diary for a week, wear an accelerometer over the same period, and twice complete an online travel survey an average of 21 days apart. The agreement in travel modes between the self-reported online survey and travel diary was examined with the kappa statistic. Spearman's correlation coefficient was used to examine agreement of travel time from home to workplace measured between the self-reported online survey and four-day travel diary. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time of active and nonactive travellers was compared by t-test. Results. There was substantial agreement between travel modes (K = 0.62, P < 0.0001) and a moderate correlation for travel time (ρ = 0.75, P < 0.0001) reported in the travel diary and online survey. There was a high level of agreement for travel mode (K = 0.82, P < 0.0001) and travel time (ρ = 0.83, P < 0.0001) between the two travel surveys. Accelerometer data indicated that for active travellers, 16% of the journey-to-work time is MVPA, compared with 6% for car drivers. Active travellers were significantly more active across the whole workday. Conclusions. The survey question “How did you travel to work this week? If you used more than one transport mode specify the one you used for the longest (distance) portion of your journey” is reliable over 21 days and agrees well with a travel diary.
doi:10.1155/2013/423035
PMCID: PMC3730218  PMID: 23956757
2.  Degree of Suicide Intent and the Lethality of Means Employed: A Study of Chinese Attempters 
This study was designed to determine if there is a relationship between the degree of suicide intent and the lethality of means employed by those who try to kill themselves. The study sample consists of 74 suicide attempters admitted to emergency rooms in a northeastern area of China. Structured interviews were performed with the patients and their companions to the hospital if necessary. It was found that the reason for the suicide attempt claimed by the highest percentage of attempters (35 of 74) was love/marriage issues, and there were significant gender differences in suicide reasons. It also was found that the choice of suicide means is generally independent of gender, and the lethality of means is positively correlated with the degree of suicide intent. One of the implications of the findings is a better understanding of the higher suicide rates for Chinese women than Chinese men. A hypothesis for future study on Chinese suicide may be that the high fatality rate of Chinese women who have swallowed poisonous pesticide is a function of the strong intent of death of the victim coupled with the well-known lethality of the pesticides.
doi:10.1080/13811110701541889
PMCID: PMC3210858  PMID: 17882622
China; degree of suicide intent; lethality; suicide; suicide means
3.  THE EFFECTS OF RELIGION, SUPERSTITION, AND PERCEIVED GENDER INEQUALITY ON THE DEGREE OF SUICIDE INTENT: A STUDY OF SERIOUS ATTEMPTERS IN CHINA 
Omega  2007;55(3):185-197.
Previous studies have tried to account for the uniqueness of gender ratios in Chinese suicide through physiological and psychological differences between men and women, and the means employed in the fatal act. From the point of view of the socio-psychological traits, this study examines the effects of religion (religiosity), superstition, and perceived gender inequality among Chinese women on the degree of their suicide intent. A four-page structured interviews were performed to the consecutively sampled serious attempters of suicide hospitalized to emergency rooms immediately after the suicidal act in Dalian areas, China. Both univariate analyses and the multiple regression model have found that the higher the degree the religiosity and superstition on metempsychosis, the stronger the suicide intent Chinese women had. The perceived gender inequality is positively correlated with suicide intent, and it is especially true for Chinese women. The socio-psychological traits and traditional culture values and norms have important impacts on suicide patterns in Chinese societies.
PMCID: PMC3205909  PMID: 18214067
4.  Risk for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis among patients with epilepsy: population based cohort study 
BMJ : British Medical Journal  2005;331(7507):23.
Objectives To investigate whether age at onset of epilepsy, type of epilepsy, family history of psychosis, or family history of epilepsy affect the risk of schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychosis among patients with epilepsy.
Design Comparison of population based data.
Setting Danish longitudinal registers.
Subjects The cohort comprised 2.27 million people.
Main outcome measures Epilepsy, psychosis, personal birth data.
Results We found an increased risk of schizophrenia (relative risk 2.48, 95% confidence interval 2.20 to 2.80) and schizophrenia-like psychosis (2.93, 2.69 to 3.20) in people with a history of epilepsy. The effect of epilepsy was the same in men and in women and increased with age. Family history of psychosis and a family history of epilepsy were significant risk factors for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychosis, and the effect of epilepsy, both in cases and families, was greater among people with no family history of psychosis. In addition, the increased risk for schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychosis did not differ by type of epilepsy but increased with increasing number of admissions to hospital and, particularly, was significantly greater for people first admitted for epilepsy at later ages.
Conclusions There is a strong association between epilepsy and schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like psychosis. The two conditions may share common genetic or environmental causes.
doi:10.1136/bmj.38488.462037.8F
PMCID: PMC558534  PMID: 15964859

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