Suicide and parasuicide in a hill resort in Malaysia

T. Maniam

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    Ninety-five cases of suicide and 134 cases of parasuicide that occurred between October 1973 and September 1984 in the hill resort district of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia were analysed. Eighty-one per cent of suicides and 78% of parasuicides were of Indians, although they only form 25% of the population. The average annual suicide rate for Indians (over 10 years of age) was 157 per 100,000. About 94% of suicides and 66% of parasuicides were by ingesting agricultural poisons. The age- and sex-specific suicide rates for women were highest in the 20-24-year-old age group. Some possible reasons for high suicide rates among Indians are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)222-225
    Number of pages4
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume153
    Issue numberAUG.
    Publication statusPublished - 1988

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    Suicide and parasuicide in a hill resort in Malaysia. / Maniam, T.

    In: British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 153, No. AUG., 1988, p. 222-225.

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    Maniam, T 1988, 'Suicide and parasuicide in a hill resort in Malaysia', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 153, no. AUG., pp. 222-225.
    Maniam, T. / Suicide and parasuicide in a hill resort in Malaysia. In: British Journal of Psychiatry. 1988 ; Vol. 153, No. AUG. pp. 222-225.
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