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Article: The impact of epidemic outbreak: The case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kong
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TitleThe impact of epidemic outbreak: The case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kong
 
AuthorsYip, PSF1
Cheung, YT2
Chau, PH1
Law, YW1
 
KeywordsEpidemic
Older adults
Poisson regression
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
 
Issue Date2010
 
PublisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/
 
CitationCrisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 2, p. 86-92 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000015
 
AbstractBackground: Previous studies revealed that there was a significant increase in suicide deaths among those aged 65 and over in 2003. The peak coincided with the majority of SARS cases being reported in April 2003. Aims: In this paper we examine the mechanism of how the SARS outbreak resulted in a higher completed suicide rate especially among older adults in Hong Kong. Methods: We used Qualitative data analysis to uncover the association between the occurrence of SARS and older adult suicide. Furthermore, we used a qualitative study based on the Coroner Court reports to provide empirical evidence about the relationship between SARS and the excessive number of suicide deaths among the elderly. Results: SARS-related older adult suicide victims were more likely to be afraid of contracting the disease and had fears of disconnection. The suicide motives among SARS-related suicide deaths were more closely associated with stress over fears of being a burden to their families during the negative impact of the epidemic. Social disengagement, mental stress, and anxiety at the time of the SARS epidemic among a certain group of older adults resulted in an exceptionally high rate of suicide deaths. Conclusions: We recommend that the mental and psychological well-being of the community, in particular older adults, be taken into careful account when developing epidemic control measures to combat the future outbreak of diseases in the community. In addition, it is important to alert family members to vulnerable individuals who are at potential risk because of their illnesses or anxieties. © 2010 Hogrefe Publishing.
 
ISSN0227-5910
2013 Impact Factor: 1.762
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.565
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000015
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000277094400005
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorCheung, YT
 
dc.contributor.authorChau, PH
 
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YW
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:46:35Z
 
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:46:35Z
 
dc.date.issued2010
 
dc.description.abstractBackground: Previous studies revealed that there was a significant increase in suicide deaths among those aged 65 and over in 2003. The peak coincided with the majority of SARS cases being reported in April 2003. Aims: In this paper we examine the mechanism of how the SARS outbreak resulted in a higher completed suicide rate especially among older adults in Hong Kong. Methods: We used Qualitative data analysis to uncover the association between the occurrence of SARS and older adult suicide. Furthermore, we used a qualitative study based on the Coroner Court reports to provide empirical evidence about the relationship between SARS and the excessive number of suicide deaths among the elderly. Results: SARS-related older adult suicide victims were more likely to be afraid of contracting the disease and had fears of disconnection. The suicide motives among SARS-related suicide deaths were more closely associated with stress over fears of being a burden to their families during the negative impact of the epidemic. Social disengagement, mental stress, and anxiety at the time of the SARS epidemic among a certain group of older adults resulted in an exceptionally high rate of suicide deaths. Conclusions: We recommend that the mental and psychological well-being of the community, in particular older adults, be taken into careful account when developing epidemic control measures to combat the future outbreak of diseases in the community. In addition, it is important to alert family members to vulnerable individuals who are at potential risk because of their illnesses or anxieties. © 2010 Hogrefe Publishing.
 
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dc.identifier.citationCrisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 2, p. 86-92 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000015
 
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000015
 
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2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.565
 
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dc.languageeng
 
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States
 
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dc.subject.meshHong Kong
 
dc.subject.meshSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome - mortality - psychology
 
dc.subject.meshSocial Isolation
 
dc.subject.meshSuicidal Ideation
 
dc.subject.meshSuicide - psychology - statistics and numerical data
 
dc.subjectEpidemic
 
dc.subjectOlder adults
 
dc.subjectPoisson regression
 
dc.subjectSevere acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
 
dc.titleThe impact of epidemic outbreak: The case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kong
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. University of Melbourne