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ERIC Number: EJ792856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Pattern Analysis of Suicide Mortality Surveillance Data in Urban South Africa
Burrows, Stephanie; Laflamme, Lucie
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n2 p209-220 Apr 2008
The typical circumstances of suicide occurrence in post-apartheid urban South Africa are described. Data comprise suicide cases from all geographical locations (urban municipalities) where an injury surveillance system has full coverage. Typical patterns were identified by means of a classification technique applied to eight variables descriptive of the events, their victims, and the suicide level of the cities. Six suicide mortality patterns were identified, most being race-specific and each associated with particular suicide methods. Preventive strategies should target local communities and specific population subgroups, and be appropriate and responsive to their sociocultural needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa