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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

TitleThe impact of epidemic outbreak: The case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kong
Authors
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/
Citation
Crisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 2, p. 86-92 How to Cite?
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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130076
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2014 Impact Factor: 1.482
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.565
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dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheung, YTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChau, PHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:46:35Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:46:35Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCrisis, 2010, v. 31 n. 2, p. 86-92en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0227-5910en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130076-
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.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.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/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCrisisen_HK
dc.subjectEpidemicen_HK
dc.subjectOlder adultsen_HK
dc.subjectPoisson regressionen_HK
dc.subjectSevere acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)en_HK
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.titleThe impact of epidemic outbreak: The case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and suicide among older adults in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLaw, YW: flawhk@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1027/0227-5910/a000015en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume31en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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