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TitleSuicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong
 
AuthorsWong, PWC1
Chan, WSC1
Chen, EYH1
Chan, SSM2
Law, YW1
Yip, PSF1
 
Issue Date2008
 
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
 
CitationBMC Public Health, 2008, v. 8, article no. 147 [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
2013 Impact Factor: 2.321
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.233
 
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.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, article no. 147 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-147
 
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2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.233
 
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.rightsBMC 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