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Mainland China

Ka Y. Liu and Paul S. F. Yip

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/9789622099425.003.0004
Mainland China

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Suicide is an important public health problem in China: it is the fifth leading cause of death, and over 30% of the world's suicide deaths take place in China. This chapter reports the epidemiological profile of suicide in China based on detailed mortality statistics provided by the Ministry of Health of China as well as data from Shanghai. The chapter examines suicide rates based on age, gender, urbanity, and marital status and compares the results with findings from the West to highlight the similarities and differences between China and other countries.

Keywords: suicide; China; mortality; Ministry of Health of China; Shanghai; age; gender; urbanity; marital status

Chapter.  6110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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