ERIC Number: EJ719793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 40
Gender Differences in Suicide Risk by Socio-Demographic Factors in Hong Kong
Kwan, Y. K.; Ip, W. C.; Kwan, P.
Death Studies, v29 n7 p645-663 Sep 2005
Some peculiarly low male-to-female suicide ratios have been reported in the Far Eastern populations. This article attempts to investigate whether there are gender differences in suicide risk by socio-demographic factors in Hong Kong, and hereby to explain the low male-to-female suicide ratios. The effects of marital status, duration-of-residence, and occupational status on suicide are first studied by periodic suicide rates in 1990-1992, and 2000-2002, then by Poisson regression. Some interesting results are found: Unlike most findings elsewhere, migration in Hong Kong did not induce suicide; occupational status was negatively related to suicide only for men but not for women; the particularly low male-to-female suicide ratio was not due to a larger protection from marriage for men than for women as reported in the literature, but very probably to a very high suicide rate for the non-working population. The authors suggest some plausible explanations of the findings and hence further research to be conducted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Marital Status, Gender Differences, Suicide, Risk, Socioeconomic Influences, Demography, Migration, Predictor Variables, Employment Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong