Negative emotion under haze: an investigation based on the microblog and weather records of Tianjin, China

Sun, X., Yang, W., Sun, T. and Wang, Y. P. (2018) Negative emotion under haze: an investigation based on the microblog and weather records of Tianjin, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(1), 86. (doi:10.3390/ijerph16010086) (PMID:30598015)

Sun, X., Yang, W., Sun, T. and Wang, Y. P. (2018) Negative emotion under haze: an investigation based on the microblog and weather records of Tianjin, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(1), 86. (doi:10.3390/ijerph16010086) (PMID:30598015)

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Abstract

Nowadays, many big cities are suffering from heavy air pollution and continuous haze weather. Compared with the threat on physical health, the influence of haze on people’s mental health is much less discussed in the current literature. Emotion is one of the most important indicators of mental health. To understand the negative impact of haze weather on the emotion of the people, we conducted an investigation based on historical weather records and microblog data in Tianjin, China. Specifically, an emotional thesaurus was generated with a microblog corpus collected from sample data. Based on the thesaurus, the public emotion under haze was statistically described. Then, through correlation analysis and comparative study, the relation and seasonal variation of haze and negative emotion of the public were well discussed. According to the study results, there was indeed a correlation between haze and negative emotion of the public, but the strength of this relationship varied under different conditions. The level of air pollution and weather context were both important factors that influence the mental effects of haze, and diverse patterns of negative emotion expression were demonstrated in different seasons of a year. Finally, for the benefit of people’s mental health under haze, recommendations were given for haze control from the side of government.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Also funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71561137003, 41501427), the Major projects of the National Social Science Found (Grant No. 15ZDB173, 18VZL006), and the Major Projects of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education (Grant No. 15JZD025).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wang, Professor Ya Ping and Sun, Dr Xuan
Authors: Sun, X., Yang, W., Sun, T., and Wang, Y. P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
ISSN (Online):1660-4601
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(1):86
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
706021The Re-Making of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: Spatial and socio-economic transformations and access to public services in Tianjin, Hangzhou, ChengduYa Ping WangEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N010981/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES