Many studies have attempted to understand the phenomena of adaptation to life in the rainy season, the manifestations of maladjustment, the “wintering mental syndrome,” the “phenomenon of the third quarter.” This resulted in further work on the selection of wintering birds, wintering preparation, monitoring during the stay. The research, conducted at the level of shipments of different nations, have gradually helped to refine these fields for the benefit of the polar winters but also at the other extreme environments where staff live in small isolated groups and confined long-term.

But what do we know about the influence of winter on the implementation of life? Very little truth … How is the return to a “normal environment”? Will it rehabilitation? How long does it last? Does this experience make you a different person? You will it help later in your life? On a personal level? On the home front? Professionally? In terms of your relationships with men and women? Vis-à-vis nature? Why do some people aspire to rehiverner? Everyone has his experience, he sometimes shares than its peers. By cons, structured studies on this subject are very rare. The information is unreliable because few objective.

These studies are very rare because difficult to drive. Indeed, it is extremely difficult to follow a representative sample of the population of wintering beyond the period of the rainy season itself. After what is usually a parenthesis in life (polar careers are rare), each pursues its way without necessarily giving new to his comrades or polar bodies. The majority of former wintering is lost sight of. The addresses change, they are no longer reachable to continue to follow them. Are candidates for a new wintering and members of friendly former wintering. But those contacts persist they are a “representative sample”? Most likely: no. The ideal would be to ask follow-up regularly after returning a large “cohort” of randomly designated wintering. This is unfortunately not possible in the long term.

One solution is to follow both a small cohort of randomly determined wintering, to question the greatest number of “old” who agree to participate in this type of study and compare the answers.

So I invite you to take a survey on the subject conducted by Amaury Solignac, a psychologist who works with the medical service TAAF / IPEV. It performs this work as part of a doctoral thesis in psychology.

This is an excellent way to advance knowledge on this important topic and to help improve the conditions of return to normal life after winter.

Be likely to respond positively to this invitation by filling out the questionnaire that you propose. If you do not receive, you can ask me to send you by email ( [email protected] ).

Thank you in advance for your participation.