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Article: Suicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong

TitleSuicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2008
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
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BMC Public Health, 2008, v. 8, article no. 147 How to Cite?
Abstract
Background. 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.
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong
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dc.contributor.authorWong, PWCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChen, EYHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, YWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:36:25Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:36:25Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health, 2008, v. 8, article no. 147en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57427-
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.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Public Healthen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsBMC Public Health. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders - complications - diagnosis - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshPsychiatric Status Rating Scalesen_HK
dc.subject.meshSuicide - psychology - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshCase-Control Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshFamily - psychologyen_HK
dc.titleSuicide among adults aged 30-49: A psychological autopsy study in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1471-2458&volume=8 article no. 147&spage=&epage=&date=2008&atitle=Suicide+among+adults+aged+30-49:+a+psychological+autopsy+study+in+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, PWC: paulw@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChen, EYH: eyhchen@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, SSM: scsophia@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLaw, YW: flawhk@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-8-147en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid18447958en_HK
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC2412876en_HK
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-44849098995&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
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