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Article: Homicide-suicide in Hong Kong, 1989-1998

TitleHomicide-suicide in Hong Kong, 1989-1998
Authors
Issue Date2004
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/forsciint
Citation
Forensic Science International, 2004, v. 140 n. 2-3, p. 261-267 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study provides the first systematic research of homicide-suicide (HS) in a Chinese society. Data were drawn from the HK Homicide Monitoring Data-base computer file derived from investigation and death reports held by the HK Police Force and the Coroner's Court. During the 10-year study period, 56 events involving 133 deaths were identified. The majority of offenders were males (75%) and most victims were female (64%). The mean age of offenders and victims were 41.9 and 32.3 years, respectively. Spouses and lovers comprised the majority of victims (46.4%) followed by child victims (36%). Most HS events were motivated by separation or termination of marital or sexual relations (39%), economic reasons (25%) and other domestic disputes (20%). The most frequent modes of killing were strangulation/suffocation (26%), stabbing/chopping (24%), followed by gassing/poisoning (14%) and falling from a height (14%). The commonest method of suicide was falling from a height (48%). It was followed by gassing/poisoning (22%) and strangulation/suffocation (13%). Depression (18.3%) was found to be the commonest mental disorder. Most offenders were from low-socio-economic background. Two-third were unemployed and 76.6% had 9 or less years of education. HS in HK were distinguished from those reported in the western literature in respect to the high relevance of economic factors, the absence of mercy killing between old couples, a higher percentage of pedicide-suicides and the infrequent use of firearms. © 2003 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/148388
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.95
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.210
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dc.contributor.authorChan, CYen_US
dc.contributor.authorBeh, SLen_US
dc.contributor.authorBroadhurst, RGen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-29T06:12:39Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-29T06:12:39Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.citationForensic Science International, 2004, v. 140 n. 2-3, p. 261-267en_US
dc.identifier.issn0379-0738en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/148388-
dc.description.abstractThis study provides the first systematic research of homicide-suicide (HS) in a Chinese society. Data were drawn from the HK Homicide Monitoring Data-base computer file derived from investigation and death reports held by the HK Police Force and the Coroner's Court. During the 10-year study period, 56 events involving 133 deaths were identified. The majority of offenders were males (75%) and most victims were female (64%). The mean age of offenders and victims were 41.9 and 32.3 years, respectively. Spouses and lovers comprised the majority of victims (46.4%) followed by child victims (36%). Most HS events were motivated by separation or termination of marital or sexual relations (39%), economic reasons (25%) and other domestic disputes (20%). The most frequent modes of killing were strangulation/suffocation (26%), stabbing/chopping (24%), followed by gassing/poisoning (14%) and falling from a height (14%). The commonest method of suicide was falling from a height (48%). It was followed by gassing/poisoning (22%) and strangulation/suffocation (13%). Depression (18.3%) was found to be the commonest mental disorder. Most offenders were from low-socio-economic background. Two-third were unemployed and 76.6% had 9 or less years of education. HS in HK were distinguished from those reported in the western literature in respect to the high relevance of economic factors, the absence of mercy killing between old couples, a higher percentage of pedicide-suicides and the infrequent use of firearms. © 2003 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/forsciinten_US
dc.relation.ispartofForensic Science Internationalen_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAsian Continental Ancestry Group - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHomicide - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshSexual Partnersen_US
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshSuicide - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.titleHomicide-suicide in Hong Kong, 1989-1998en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailBeh, SL:philipbeh@pathology.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.forsciint.2003.12.001en_US
dc.identifier.pmid15046055-
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dc.identifier.volume140en_US
dc.identifier.issue2-3en_US
dc.identifier.spage261en_US
dc.identifier.epage267en_US
dc.publisher.placeIrelanden_US

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