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Article: Suicide in Hong Kong: A case-control psychological autopsy study

TitleSuicide in Hong Kong: A case-control psychological autopsy study
Authors
Issue Date2006
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PSM
Citation
Psychological Medicine, 2006, v. 36 n. 6, p. 815-825 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. The relative contribution of psychosocial and clinical risk factors to suicide among Chinese populations is an important issue. In Hong Kong, this issue requires vigorous examination in light of a 50% increase in suicide rate between 1997 and 2003. Method. Using a case-control psychological autopsy method, 150 suicide deceased were compared with 150 living controls matched by age and gender. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the next-of-kin of the subjects. Data were collected on a wide range of potential risk and protective factors, including demographic, life event, clinical and psychological variables. The relative contribution of these factors towards suicide was examined in a multiple logistic regression model. Results. Six factors were found to significantly and independently contribute to suicide: unemployment, indebtedness, being single, social support, psychiatric illness, and history of past attempts. Conclusions. Both psychosocial and clinical factors are important in suicides in Hong Kong. They seem to have mediated suicide risk independently. In addition, socio-economic adversities seem to have played a relatively important role in the increasing suicide rate in Hong Kong. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/46949
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2015 Impact Factor: 5.491
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.843
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dc.contributor.authorChen, EYHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, PWCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBeh, PSLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, KKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, JWYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLiu, KYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground. The relative contribution of psychosocial and clinical risk factors to suicide among Chinese populations is an important issue. In Hong Kong, this issue requires vigorous examination in light of a 50% increase in suicide rate between 1997 and 2003. Method. Using a case-control psychological autopsy method, 150 suicide deceased were compared with 150 living controls matched by age and gender. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the next-of-kin of the subjects. Data were collected on a wide range of potential risk and protective factors, including demographic, life event, clinical and psychological variables. The relative contribution of these factors towards suicide was examined in a multiple logistic regression model. Results. Six factors were found to significantly and independently contribute to suicide: unemployment, indebtedness, being single, social support, psychiatric illness, and history of past attempts. Conclusions. Both psychosocial and clinical factors are important in suicides in Hong Kong. They seem to have mediated suicide risk independently. In addition, socio-economic adversities seem to have played a relatively important role in the increasing suicide rate in Hong Kong. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.en_HK
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