Accession Number : ADP003312

Title :   Relationships of Biorhythms and Categories of Industrial Accidents on an Air Force Installation,

Corporate Author : MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIV MURFREESBORO DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Freitag,C. B. ; Haefele,C. M.

Report Date : APR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Biorhythms were calculated for 852 personnel involved in industrial accidents, over a six year period, on an Air Force installation. Each subject had biorhythms calculated and plotted, by computer, for the month of their accident and were analyzed for relationships between critical days and negative phases of each cycle. Chi Square analysis indicated no significant relationships for the entire group. The categories of accidents called Unsafe Personal Factors and Unsafe Practices were individually studied as well as the specific causes of Work Posture/Position, and Inattentive, Absentminded. These were felt to be most likely to be associated with biorhythm cycles. No accident frequency was found beyond the expected level. A unique feature of this study was to generate new random birthdays for all subjects. The same procedures were followed using the new biorhythms plots for the month of their accidents. Results showed the same insignificant relationship, and it was concluded that there was no evidence to link biorhythm cycles and accidents. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, *Research management, *Management planning and control, *Accidents, *Personnel, *Biological rhythms, *Statistical analysis, Chi square test, Computations, Safety, Industries, Management information systems, Symposia, Emotions, Physical fitness, Intelligence, Mathematical models

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE