Suicide in Asia-II

T. Maniam

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    Abstract

    Asia accounts for more than half of all suicides in the world. Suicide rates in Asia vary vastly across the continent. Most suicides occur in China, India and Japan contributing more than 300,000 fatalities every year - about 40% of all suicides in the world. Countries in West Asia including the Middle East report very low rates, whereas countries such as Japan and Korea report much higher rates of suicide. These rates seem to have increased since the Asian Economic crisis that began in 1997 and has not abated since. A major problem with the study of suicide in Asia is, apart from a number of exceptions, the relative paucity of accurate suicide statistics. A few countries provide reliable data but the majority do not, and some provide none at all. While hanging is the most popular method of committing suicide in most countries the use of pesticides is of particular concern in Asia, especially in rural areas. Suicide prevention programs are strongly supported by the government in a few countries and are non-existent in some others. Socio-cultural and political factors contribute to this state of affairs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSuicide: A Global Perspective
    PublisherBentham Science Publishers Ltd.
    Pages159-167
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781608054275
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    suicide
    Japan
    suicide rate
    sociocultural factors
    political factors
    economic crisis
    Middle East
    Korea
    rural area
    statistics
    India
    China

    Keywords

    • Asia
    • Epidemiology
    • Prevention
    • Suicide

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Maniam, T. (2012). Suicide in Asia-II. In Suicide: A Global Perspective (pp. 159-167). Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.2174/978160805049911201010159

    Suicide in Asia-II. / Maniam, T.

    Suicide: A Global Perspective. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd., 2012. p. 159-167.

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    Maniam, T 2012, Suicide in Asia-II. in Suicide: A Global Perspective. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd., pp. 159-167. https://doi.org/10.2174/978160805049911201010159
    Maniam T. Suicide in Asia-II. In Suicide: A Global Perspective. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd. 2012. p. 159-167 https://doi.org/10.2174/978160805049911201010159
    Maniam, T. / Suicide in Asia-II. Suicide: A Global Perspective. Bentham Science Publishers Ltd., 2012. pp. 159-167
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