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Crisis-induced depression, physical activity and dietary intake among young adults: Evidence from the 9/11 terrorist attacks

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  • Wang, Yang
  • Yang, Muzhe

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Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we provide evidence that young adults respond to crisis-induced depression by exercising less and having breakfast less often. Exogenous variation in the crisis-induced depression is obtained through a unique event in our sample period – the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We compare those who were interviewed just before and just after 9/11 and find a significant and sharp increase in the symptoms of depression. We also provide evidence that this increase is not a September effect, but an effect of the external traumatic event.

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  • Wang, Yang & Yang, Muzhe, 2013. "Crisis-induced depression, physical activity and dietary intake among young adults: Evidence from the 9/11 terrorist attacks," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 11(2), pages 206-220.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:11:y:2013:i:2:p:206-220
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2012.08.001
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    1. Young-Il Kim & Dongyoung Kim, 2016. "Mental Health Cost Of Terrorism: Study Of The Charlie Hebdo Attack In Paris," Working Papers 1613, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University.

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    9/11; Depression; Physical activity; Dietary intake; Young adults;

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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