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South Korea

B. C. Ben Park and David Lester

in Suicide in Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099425
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099425.003.0003
South Korea

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South Korea's suicide rate has increased steadily in the past two decades, reaching 24 per 100,000 per year in 2003. It has one of the highest rates in Asia, and the pattern (by age and sex) is similar to that in Japan. This chapter attempts to explore the reasons why the suicide rate in South Korea has increased alarmingly, by examining the associations between suicide rate and birth, marriage, divorce, and unemployment rates, gender, and age differences. It also examines the applicability of the theory of Durkheim, based on two dimensions—social integration and social regulation—for understanding suicide in South Korea. Finally, it discusses the implications for preventing suicide in Korea.

Keywords: South Korea; suicide rate; theory of Durkheim; social integration; social regulation; suicide

Chapter.  4257 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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