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Article: Charcoal-burning suicide in post-transition Hong Kong

TitleCharcoal-burning suicide in post-transition Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2005
PublisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/
Citation
British Journal Of Psychiatry, 2005, v. 186 JAN., p. 67-73 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Charcoal-burning, a new suicide method, emerged in Hong Kong during the latest economic recession. Within 2 months charcoal-burning had become the third most common suicide method. Aims: To examine the characteristics of suicides by charcoal-burning, and to delineate the pathways linking macro-level economic and social changes with the subjective experiences of those surviving a charcoal-burning suicide attempt. Method: Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. In the coroner's records study, the first 160 cases of suicide by charcoal-burning were compared with a control group. In the ethnographic enquiry, we interviewed 25 consecutive informants who had survived serious suicide attempt using charcoal-burning. Results: People who completed suicide by the charcoal-burning method were more likely to have been economically active and physically healthy, and were less likely to have had pre-existing mental illness. Charcoal-burning suicide was associated with overindebtedness. Media reports were pivotal in linking overindebtedness and financial troubles with charcoal-burning. Conclusions: The political economy of suicide by charcoal-burning illustrated how historical, socio-economic and cultural forces shaped the lived experience that preceded suicide.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87826
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2015 Impact Factor: 7.06
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.674
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dc.contributor.authorChan, KPMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorAu, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, DTSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:34:55Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:34:55Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal Of Psychiatry, 2005, v. 186 JAN., p. 67-73en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0007-1250en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87826-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Charcoal-burning, a new suicide method, emerged in Hong Kong during the latest economic recession. Within 2 months charcoal-burning had become the third most common suicide method. Aims: To examine the characteristics of suicides by charcoal-burning, and to delineate the pathways linking macro-level economic and social changes with the subjective experiences of those surviving a charcoal-burning suicide attempt. Method: Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. In the coroner's records study, the first 160 cases of suicide by charcoal-burning were compared with a control group. In the ethnographic enquiry, we interviewed 25 consecutive informants who had survived serious suicide attempt using charcoal-burning. Results: People who completed suicide by the charcoal-burning method were more likely to have been economically active and physically healthy, and were less likely to have had pre-existing mental illness. Charcoal-burning suicide was associated with overindebtedness. Media reports were pivotal in linking overindebtedness and financial troubles with charcoal-burning. Conclusions: The political economy of suicide by charcoal-burning illustrated how historical, socio-economic and cultural forces shaped the lived experience that preceded suicide.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/en_HK
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dc.titleCharcoal-burning suicide in post-transition Hong Kongen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1192/bjp.186.1.67en_HK
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