Suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia

A review of the literature

S. Aishvarya, T. Maniam, Hatta Sidi, T. P S Oei

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The aim of this paper was to review the literature on suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia. PsyINFO, PubMed, Medline databases from 1845 to 2012 and detailed manual search of local official reports from Ministry of Health, Malaysian Psychiatric Association and unpublished dissertations from 3 local universities providing postgraduate psychiatric training, were included in the current review. A total of 13 studies on suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia were found and reviewed. The review showed that research on suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia was fragmented and limited, at best. Approximately 50% of existing research on suicide ideation and intent simply focused on sociodemographic data. Fifty-four percent of the data were obtained from hospitals. No study has been conducted on treatment and interventions for suicide ideation and intent. None of the studies used validated suicide scales. The impact of culture was rarely considered. It was clear from the review that for researchers, clinicians and public health policy makers to gain a better understanding of suicide behavior especially suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia, more systematic and empirically stringent methodologies and research frameworks need to be used.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume55
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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Aishvarya, S. ; Maniam, T. ; Sidi, Hatta ; Oei, T. P S. / Suicide ideation and intent in Malaysia : A review of the literature. In: Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2014 ; Vol. 55, No. SUPPL. 1.
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