Towards a reassessment of the role of divorce in suicide outcomes: evidence from five Pacific Rim populations

Paul S F Yip, Ying-Yeh Chen, Saman Yousuf, Carmen K M Lee, Kenji Kawano, Virginia Hazel Routley, B C Ben Park, Takashi Yamauchi, Hisateru Tachimori, Angela Jayne Clapperton, Kevin Chien-Chang Wu

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The connection between divorce and suicide risk in Asia is unclear. To understand the contribution of cultural transitions to suicide among the divorced, we compare age- and sex-specific suicide rates among divorced men and women from five Pacific Rim populations: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the state of Victoria in Australia. On a cultural spectrum, we consider Hong Kong and Taiwan to lie between the more individualistic Australian culture and the more collectivistic Japanese and Korean cultures. Coefficients of aggravation (COA) are also compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358 - 366
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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