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Article: Suicides by Jumping from Iconic Bridges in Hong Kong

TitleSuicides by Jumping from Iconic Bridges in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsAccess to means
Bridge suicide
Jumping from a height
Issue Date2009
PublisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/
Citation
Crisis, 2009, v. 30 n. 2, p. 79-84 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Three bridges in Hong Kong have become iconic sites for suicide since their openings 11 years ago. Aims: This retrospective record-based study aimed to examine suicides by jumping from a group of three iconic bridges in Hong Kong, and to explore potential preventive strategies on these bridges to prevent future suicide. Methods: We examined the Coroner's files of 12 people who killed themselves by jumping from the bridges between 1997 and 2007. We also examined the Coroner's files of other suicides in 2003, and compared them with the bridge suicides. Results: The majority of the suicides were male, middle-age (40-59 years), married or cohabiting, not living alone, employed or self-employed, and in financial difficulty. None of these cases had a reported psychiatric diagnosis or psychiatric care history, and only one case had a history of suicidal attempt. Compared with other suicides in Hong Kong, the bridge jumpers were more likely to be younger, holding a job, indebted, free from a psychiatric and attempt history, and to leave a suicide note (p < .05). The bridge suicide cases in Hong Kong also appeared to be different from the profiles of bridge jumpers in other countries. Conclusions: Erection of an effective safety barrier has been found to prevent bridge suicides in many countries. Given the different characteristics of bridge jumpers in Hong Kong and the technical difficulties, more innovative ways may be needed to prevent suicides by such means. Potential prevention measures are discussed and, hopefully, will better inform the future design and development of bridges of significance. ©2009 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60956
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.527
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.638
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dc.contributor.authorWong, PWCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLau, TKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, PRen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:22:53Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:22:53Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCrisis, 2009, v. 30 n. 2, p. 79-84en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0227-5910en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60956-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Three bridges in Hong Kong have become iconic sites for suicide since their openings 11 years ago. Aims: This retrospective record-based study aimed to examine suicides by jumping from a group of three iconic bridges in Hong Kong, and to explore potential preventive strategies on these bridges to prevent future suicide. Methods: We examined the Coroner's files of 12 people who killed themselves by jumping from the bridges between 1997 and 2007. We also examined the Coroner's files of other suicides in 2003, and compared them with the bridge suicides. Results: The majority of the suicides were male, middle-age (40-59 years), married or cohabiting, not living alone, employed or self-employed, and in financial difficulty. None of these cases had a reported psychiatric diagnosis or psychiatric care history, and only one case had a history of suicidal attempt. Compared with other suicides in Hong Kong, the bridge jumpers were more likely to be younger, holding a job, indebted, free from a psychiatric and attempt history, and to leave a suicide note (p < .05). The bridge suicide cases in Hong Kong also appeared to be different from the profiles of bridge jumpers in other countries. Conclusions: Erection of an effective safety barrier has been found to prevent bridge suicides in many countries. Given the different characteristics of bridge jumpers in Hong Kong and the technical difficulties, more innovative ways may be needed to prevent suicides by such means. Potential prevention measures are discussed and, hopefully, will better inform the future design and development of bridges of significance. ©2009 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHogrefe & Huber Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/crisis-the-journal-of-crisis-intervention-and-suicide-prevention/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCrisisen_HK
dc.subjectAccess to meansen_HK
dc.subjectBridge suicideen_HK
dc.subjectJumping from a heighten_HK
dc.titleSuicides by Jumping from Iconic Bridges in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, PWC: paulw@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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