Boon-Hock Chia and Audrey Chia

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:

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This chapter presents the epidemiological profile of suicide in Singapore. The suicide rate in Singapore has remained steady between 1993–2003, ranging from 8–12 per 100,000. The male:female suicide ratio is approximately 1.7:1 with jumping from a height being the most common method of suicide. Marriage has been shown to be a protective factor (especially in males) with the widowed or divorced being at higher risk. In the young, relationships and social factors, such as study stresses, are major risk factors; in mid-age adults, job/financial problems and mental illness are important, and in the older age group, physical illness is most significant. Those with mental illness (especially with schizophrenia and depressive disorders) are also at particular risk, especially if they have been recently hospitalized.

Keywords: suicide; Singapore; suicide ratio; jumping; marriage; relationships; study stresses; job problems; financial problems; mental illness

Chapter.  6611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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