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Article: The impact of a celebrity's suicide on the introduction and establishment of a new method of suicide in South Korea

TitleThe impact of a celebrity's suicide on the introduction and establishment of a new method of suicide in South Korea
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Issue Date2014
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Arch Suicide Res, 2014, v. 18 n. 2, p. 221-6 How to Cite?
AbstractUnlike other East Asian countries, South Korea has until recently experienced relatively few charcoal burning suicides. We investigated trends in charcoal burning suicide immediately following the suicide by charcoal burning of the South Korean celebrity-Ahn Jae-Hwan-in September 2008. In the study, we compared the weekly number charcoal burning suicides 1 year before and after the celebrity's death. Before Ahn Jae-Hwan's suicide, charcoal burning accounted for <1% of suicides; his death was followed by an immediate and sustained increase in the use of this method-it accounted for nearly 5% of suicides (n = 772 suicides) in the subsequent 12 months. The demographic patterning (young male predominance) and location (inside cars) of the charcoal burning suicides further supported a copy-cat effect. Ahn Jae-Hwan's death appears to have triggered a rapid and sustained adoption of charcoal burning as a method of suicide in South Korea.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198093
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dc.contributor.authorChen, YYen_US
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, CHen_US
dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_US
dc.contributor.authorChang, Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, WJen_US
dc.contributor.authorGunnell, Den_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-25T02:46:12Z-
dc.date.available2014-06-25T02:46:12Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationArch Suicide Res, 2014, v. 18 n. 2, p. 221-6en_US
dc.identifier.issn1543-6136 (Electronic) 1381-1118 (Linkinen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198093-
dc.description.abstractUnlike other East Asian countries, South Korea has until recently experienced relatively few charcoal burning suicides. We investigated trends in charcoal burning suicide immediately following the suicide by charcoal burning of the South Korean celebrity-Ahn Jae-Hwan-in September 2008. In the study, we compared the weekly number charcoal burning suicides 1 year before and after the celebrity's death. Before Ahn Jae-Hwan's suicide, charcoal burning accounted for <1% of suicides; his death was followed by an immediate and sustained increase in the use of this method-it accounted for nearly 5% of suicides (n = 772 suicides) in the subsequent 12 months. The demographic patterning (young male predominance) and location (inside cars) of the charcoal burning suicides further supported a copy-cat effect. Ahn Jae-Hwan's death appears to have triggered a rapid and sustained adoption of charcoal burning as a method of suicide in South Korea.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofArch Suicide Resen_US
dc.titleThe impact of a celebrity's suicide on the introduction and establishment of a new method of suicide in South Koreaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChang, S: sschang@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYip, PSF=rp00596en_US
dc.identifier.authorityFu, KW=rp00552en_US
dc.identifier.authorityChang, S=rp01582en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13811118.2013.824840en_US
dc.identifier.pmid24620837-
dc.identifier.hkuros229600en_US
dc.identifier.volume18en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage221en_US
dc.identifier.epage6en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000335861900009-

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