Description and validation of a questionnaire for the detection of meteoropathy and meteorosensitivity: the METEO-Q

Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;53(1):103-6. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2011.02.002. Epub 2011 Apr 12.


Background: There is a growing interest for the effects of weather changes on both healthy and psychiatric individuals. This study aims to validate a short questionnaire (METEO-Q) for the detection of meteoropathy and meteorosensitivity.

Methods: The METEO-Q was administered to 1099 (528 men, 571 women) healthy subjects. Factor analyses, internal consistency, and item analysis were undertaken to examine the factorial structure of the questionnaire.

Results: The METEO-Q has satisfactory factorial structure and internal reliability. Our results demonstrate that women have higher scores than man and, therefore, women mostly have meteoropathy.

Conclusions: Our findings support the use of the METEO-Q for collecting information regarding the effects of weather changes on healthy subjects and potentially on psychiatric patients.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Weather*