Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175752
Title: Does ethnicity matter in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts and suicide lethality?
Authors: Choo C.C.
Harris K.M.
Chew P.K.H.
Ho R.C. 
Keywords: adult
aged
Article
child
Chinese
controlled study
ethnic difference
ethnic group
female
human
Indian
lethality
Malay (people)
male
risk assessment
Singapore
suicide
suicide attempt
young adult
adolescent
ethnology
middle aged
suicide
suicide attempt
very elderly
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Child
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Singapore
Suicide
Suicide, Attempted
Young Adult
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Choo C.C., Harris K.M., Chew P.K.H., Ho R.C. (2017). Does ethnicity matter in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts and suicide lethality?. PLoS ONE 12 (4) : e0175752. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175752
Abstract: This study explored ethnic differences in risk and protective factors for suicide attempts, for the major ethnic groups in Singapore, and ethnic differences in prediction of lethality. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N = 666) who were admitted to the emergency department of a large teaching hospital in Singapore were subjected to analysis. Of the sample, 69.2% were female, 30.8% male; 63.8% Chinese, 15.8% Indian, and 15.0% Malay. Indians were over-represented in this sample, as compared with the ethnic distribution in the general population. Ages ranged from 10 to 85 years old (M = 29.7, SD = 16.1). Ethnic differences were found in risk and protective factors, and perceived lethality of suicide attempts. All available variables were subjected to regression analyses for Chinese, Indian and Malay attempters to arrive at parsimonious models for prediction of perceived lethality. The findings were discussed in regards to implications in assessment of suicide risk and primary prevention for the multiethnic society in Singapore. ©2017 Choo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/161195
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175752
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