Journal article

Suicide in developing countries (1) - Frequency, distribution, and association with socioeconomic indicators

Lakshmi Vijayakumar, K Nagaraj, Jane Pirkis, Harvey Whiteford

Crisis: the journal of crisis intervention and suicide prevention | HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Suicide is a global public health problem, but relatively little epidemiological investigation of the phenomenon has occurred in developing countries. This paper aims to (1) examine the availability of rate data in developing countries, (2) provide a description of the frequency and distribution of suicide in those countries for which data are available, and (3) explore the relationship between country-level socioeconomic factors and suicide rates. It is accompanied by two companion papers that consider risk factors and preventive efforts associated with suicide in developing countries, respectively. METHOD: Using World Health Organization data, we calculated the average annual ma..

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