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Article: Economic fluctuations and suicide: A comparison of Taiwan and Hong Kong

TitleEconomic fluctuations and suicide: A comparison of Taiwan and Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCharcoal burning suicide
Economic fluctuations
Hong Kong
Suicide
Taiwan
Unemployment
Issue Date2010
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 2010, v. 71 n. 12, p. 2083-2090 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examines the impact of unemployment on suicide rates in Taiwan and Hong Kong during the period of rising unemployment (1997-2003) and its subsequent decline (2003-2007), with 2003 as the turning point. During these initial years of high unemployment, suicide rates increased markedly in Hong Kong and Taiwan; however, as employment conditions improved, suicide rates fell in Hong Kong but continued to increase in Taiwan. ARMAX time-series models with appropriate time lags were used to assess the impact of unemployment on suicide rates for both periods. It was found that for Taiwan, the unemployment rate was positively related with the suicide rate for both males and females during the period of high unemployment, whereas a negative relationship was observed as the rate of unemployment decreased. On the other hand, the reduction in suicide rates since 2003 was not statistically significantly related to the improvement of employment conditions for Hong Kong; whereas the suicide rate in Taiwan still remained at a high level due to the increasing number of charcoal burning suicide deaths despite improvements in employment conditions.In conclusion, lower unemployment was not necessarily associated with lower suicide rates. Exogenous factors other than economic ones have been suggested to be important for understanding differences in suicide patterns in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The impact of employment conditions on suicide across different countries deserves further investigation. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133679
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.894
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dc.contributor.authorChen, YYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFan, HFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T02:14:34Z-
dc.date.available2011-05-24T02:14:34Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 2010, v. 71 n. 12, p. 2083-2090en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133679-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the impact of unemployment on suicide rates in Taiwan and Hong Kong during the period of rising unemployment (1997-2003) and its subsequent decline (2003-2007), with 2003 as the turning point. During these initial years of high unemployment, suicide rates increased markedly in Hong Kong and Taiwan; however, as employment conditions improved, suicide rates fell in Hong Kong but continued to increase in Taiwan. ARMAX time-series models with appropriate time lags were used to assess the impact of unemployment on suicide rates for both periods. It was found that for Taiwan, the unemployment rate was positively related with the suicide rate for both males and females during the period of high unemployment, whereas a negative relationship was observed as the rate of unemployment decreased. On the other hand, the reduction in suicide rates since 2003 was not statistically significantly related to the improvement of employment conditions for Hong Kong; whereas the suicide rate in Taiwan still remained at a high level due to the increasing number of charcoal burning suicide deaths despite improvements in employment conditions.In conclusion, lower unemployment was not necessarily associated with lower suicide rates. Exogenous factors other than economic ones have been suggested to be important for understanding differences in suicide patterns in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The impact of employment conditions on suicide across different countries deserves further investigation. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectCharcoal burning suicideen_HK
dc.subjectEconomic fluctuationsen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectSuicideen_HK
dc.subjectTaiwanen_HK
dc.subjectUnemploymenten_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-Cultural Comparison-
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiology-
dc.subject.meshSuicide - economics - statistics and numerical data - trends-
dc.subject.meshTaiwan - epidemiology-
dc.subject.meshUnemployment - statistics and numerical data - trends-
dc.titleEconomic fluctuations and suicide: A comparison of Taiwan and Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0277-9536&volume=71&issue=12&spage=2083&epage=2090&date=2010&atitle=Economic+fluctuations+and+suicide:+a+comparison+of+Taiwan+and+Hong+Kong-
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.09.043en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid21071128-
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dc.identifier.volume71en_HK
dc.identifier.issue12en_HK
dc.identifier.spage2083en_HK
dc.identifier.epage2090en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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