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TitleSuicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong
 
AuthorsWong, PWC1
Chan, WSC1 1
Chen, EYH1 1
Chan, SSM2
Law, YW1
Yip, PSF1 1
 
Issue Date2008
 
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
 
CitationBmc Public Health, 2008, v. 8 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-147
 
AbstractBackground. A surge in suicide rates in middle age people in Hong Kong and many Asian countries was recently observed. However, there is a paucity of suicide research on this subgroup of people in Asia. Methods. The next-of-kin of 85 suicide cases and 85 community subjects aged 30-49 years were interviewed by a psychological autopsy approach. Information was triangulated by interview notes, coroner's court files, and police investigation reports. Results. A multiple logistic regression analysis identified the following risk factors for suicide among the middle age people in Hong Kong: the presence of at least one psychiatric disorder (OR = 37.5, 95% CI 11.5-121.9, p < 0.001), indebtedness (OR = 9.4, 95% CI 2.2-40.8, p < 0.01), unemployment (OR = 4.8, 95% CI 1.3-17.5, p < 0.05), never married (OR = 4.2, 95% CI 1.1-16.3, p < 0.05), and lived alone (OR = 3.9, 95% CI 1.2-13.4, p < 0.05). Conclusion. The data show that socio-economical factors had a strong impact on suicide in the target group. Further research is needed to explore any positive qualities that protect the middle-aged from suicide. The prevention of suicide in the middle-aged requires multiple strategies. © 2008 Wong et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
 
ISSN1471-2458
2012 Impact Factor: 2.076
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.980
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-147
 
PubMed Central IDPMC2412876
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000256482200001
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorWong, PWC
 
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSC
 
dc.contributor.authorChen, EYH
 
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSM
 
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YW
 
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSF
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:36:25Z
 
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:36:25Z
 
dc.date.issued2008
 
dc.description.abstractBackground. A surge in suicide rates in middle age people in Hong Kong and many Asian countries was recently observed. However, there is a paucity of suicide research on this subgroup of people in Asia. Methods. The next-of-kin of 85 suicide cases and 85 community subjects aged 30-49 years were interviewed by a psychological autopsy approach. Information was triangulated by interview notes, coroner's court files, and police investigation reports. Results. A multiple logistic regression analysis identified the following risk factors for suicide among the middle age people in Hong Kong: the presence of at least one psychiatric disorder (OR = 37.5, 95% CI 11.5-121.9, p < 0.001), indebtedness (OR = 9.4, 95% CI 2.2-40.8, p < 0.01), unemployment (OR = 4.8, 95% CI 1.3-17.5, p < 0.05), never married (OR = 4.2, 95% CI 1.1-16.3, p < 0.05), and lived alone (OR = 3.9, 95% CI 1.2-13.4, p < 0.05). Conclusion. The data show that socio-economical factors had a strong impact on suicide in the target group. Further research is needed to explore any positive qualities that protect the middle-aged from suicide. The prevention of suicide in the middle-aged requires multiple strategies. © 2008 Wong et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
 
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.identifier.citationBmc Public Health, 2008, v. 8 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-147
 
dc.identifier.citeulike2745361
 
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-147
 
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2012 Impact Factor: 2.076
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.980
 
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dc.languageeng
 
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
 
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dc.relation.referencesReferences in Scopus
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.rightsB M C Public Health. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.
 
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders - complications - diagnosis - epidemiology
 
dc.subject.meshPsychiatric Status Rating Scales
 
dc.subject.meshSuicide - psychology - statistics & numerical data
 
dc.subject.meshCase-Control Studies
 
dc.subject.meshFamily - psychology
 
dc.titleSuicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong