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Article: A prevalence study of suicide ideation among older adults in Hong Kong SAR

TitleA prevalence study of suicide ideation among older adults in Hong Kong SAR
Authors
KeywordsDepression
Hong Kong SAR
Prevalence
Suicidal ideation
Issue Date2003
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294
Citation
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2003, v. 18 n. 11, p. 1056-1062 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: The objective of this paper is to ascertain estimates of the prevalence, and associated risk factors for, suicidal ideation among community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong. Method: The study was conducted as part of the General Household Survey (GHS), using face to face interviews of ethnic Chinese people aged 60 or above living in the community. Elders living in institutions or elderly homes were excluded from the study. Results: Six percent of the sample was found to have ever had suicide ideation. The results showed that poor physical health, including poor vision, hearing problems, and a greater number of diseases; and poor mental health, especially in the form of depression, are predictors of suicidal ideation in the elderly population. Also, statistical analysis by linking individual factors to depression showed that financial and relationship problems are significant risk factors as well. Older adults who engaged in active coping, that is, those who actively seek to manage or control the negative events in their lives, fare better with lower levels of suicidal ideation than those who use passive coping styles. Conclusions: The prevalence of suicidal ideation is similar among elders in Hong Kong and western countries. Factors that contribute to risk for suicidal ideation span physical and mental health, social, and psychological domains. Although the association of suicidal ideation to self-destructive acts remains to be determined, these findings indicate a variety of potential foci for late life suicide prevention efforts. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87822
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.699
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.382
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dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChi, Ien_HK
dc.contributor.authorChiu, Hen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWai, KCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorConwell, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCaine, Een_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:34:52Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:34:52Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2003, v. 18 n. 11, p. 1056-1062en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0885-6230en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87822-
dc.description.abstractObjective: The objective of this paper is to ascertain estimates of the prevalence, and associated risk factors for, suicidal ideation among community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong. Method: The study was conducted as part of the General Household Survey (GHS), using face to face interviews of ethnic Chinese people aged 60 or above living in the community. Elders living in institutions or elderly homes were excluded from the study. Results: Six percent of the sample was found to have ever had suicide ideation. The results showed that poor physical health, including poor vision, hearing problems, and a greater number of diseases; and poor mental health, especially in the form of depression, are predictors of suicidal ideation in the elderly population. Also, statistical analysis by linking individual factors to depression showed that financial and relationship problems are significant risk factors as well. Older adults who engaged in active coping, that is, those who actively seek to manage or control the negative events in their lives, fare better with lower levels of suicidal ideation than those who use passive coping styles. Conclusions: The prevalence of suicidal ideation is similar among elders in Hong Kong and western countries. Factors that contribute to risk for suicidal ideation span physical and mental health, social, and psychological domains. Although the association of suicidal ideation to self-destructive acts remains to be determined, these findings indicate a variety of potential foci for late life suicide prevention efforts. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatryen_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Copyright © John Wiley & Sons Ltd.en_HK
dc.subjectDepressionen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong SARen_HK
dc.subjectPrevalenceen_HK
dc.subjectSuicidal ideationen_HK
dc.titleA prevalence study of suicide ideation among older adults in Hong Kong SARen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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