Economic growth and suicide rate changes : a case in China from 1982 to 2005

Zhang, Jie, Ma, Jixiang, Jia, Cunxian, Sun, Jiandong, Guo, Xiaolei, Xu, Aiqiang, & Li, Weika (2010) Economic growth and suicide rate changes : a case in China from 1982 to 2005. European Psychiatry, 25(3), pp. 159-163.

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It is to estimate the trend of suicide rate changes during the past three decades in China and try to identify its social and economic correlates.

Official data of suicide rates and economic indexes during 1982–2005 from Shandong Province of China were analyzed. The suicide data were categorized for the rural / urban location and gender, and the economic indexes include GDP, GDP per capita, rural income, and urban income, all adjusted for inflation.

We found a significant increase of economic development and decrease of suicide rates over the past decades under study. The suicide rate decrease is correlated with the tremendous growth of economy.

The unusual decrease of Chinese suicide rates in the past decades is accounted for within the Chinese cultural contexts and maybe by the Strain Theory of Suicide.

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ID Code: 48457
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: suicide rate, economic growth, China, culture, strain theory of suicide
DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2009.07.013
ISSN: 0924-9338
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier Masson
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2012 04:35
Last Modified: 27 May 2013 12:02

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