An investigation into the perceptions of police control room staff of the influence of the full moon

Author: Petra Stapp
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to look at the perceptions that police staff have of the influence of the full moon upon the work that they do. This will be a qualitative investigation into the underlying belief that the full moon does have an effect on human behaviour.
The objectives were to discover the extent of any existing perception of a full moon effect, assess staff understanding of the phenomenon, outlining what they thought was happening and to place the phenomenon in a contemporary context.
The use of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews provided a qualitative approach to the investigation, and must be viewed as a ‘snap-shot’ of views in one police control room where the culture may be seen as specific to that working environment.
Keywords: full moon effect, human behaviour,increased telephone calls, incidents, police control room, violenc
Publication: Correlation journal of research in astrology
Issue: Vol 24 Number 1
Dated: 2006
Pages: 41 – 65

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