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Suicidal behavior among young people in Singapore

Author(s): Hong, C., Heok, K. E.

Journal/Book: Gen Hosp Psychiat. 1999; 21: 655 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10010, USA. Elsevier Science Inc. 128-133.

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate suicidal behavior among young people in an Asian community. Tracing records of all patients below 21 years of age who attempted suicide and were managed in a teaching hospital, the authors found the incidence increased sixfold between 1991 and 1995. Young females of Indian origin were found to be a risk group. Differences in suicidal behavior among the three main ethnic communities appear to be influenced by various sociocultural factors. The most common diagnosis was adjustment disorder stemming from interpersonal losses and conflicts. Schizophrenia, alcohol, and other substance abuse were rarely reported.

Note: Article Wai BHK, Natl Univ Singapore Hosp, Dept Psychol Med, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119074, SINGAPORE


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