Suicidal behavior in the Western pacific region: characteristics and trends

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Title Suicidal behavior in the Western pacific region: characteristics and trends
Author De Leo, Diego; Milner, Allison Joy; Xiangdong, Wang
Journal Name Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Year Published 2009
Place of publication New York
Publisher Guilford Publications
Abstract Current knowledge of suicidal behavior in the Western Pacific region is relatively limited when compared to other areas of the world. This area is characterized by a wide diversity of social, economic, and cultural aspects that do not permit any homogenous reading of suicide phenomena. Data from countries of the region included in this article suggest the existence of important differences among nations in terms of gender, age, and methods of suicide, as well role of mental illness. In addition, the Western Pacific region appears to be affected by higher rates of suicide than other areas in the world, with signs of progressive worsening in recent years and worrying predictions for the next two decades. The Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories (START) Study, initiated by the World Health Organization Regional Office in Manila, seeks to research the incidence of both fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior in countries of the region and to implement interventions for suicide attempters. This ambitious project is expected to standardize data collection procedures and improve the knowledge cultural factors in suicide.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 39
Issue Number 1
Page from 72
Page to 81
ISSN 0363-0234
Date Accessioned 2009-09-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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