Socio-economic correlates of suicidality in Hong Kong

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This study explores the correlates of the suicidality in Hong Kong with its socio-economic predictors. Hong Kong witnessed its economic decline and its improvement in the last decade with 2003 as the turning point. After applying Poisson regression models on the data, it was found that individual payroll and property price indices were closely associated with the monthly suicide counts in Hong Kong, whereas unemployment rate and average rent index were not observed statistically significant. The results reinforce the findings that structural socio-economic conditions generally have a substantial impact on suicidality and that unemployment rates may not always be correlated with suicide. This study recommends taking into account of some alternative macroeconomic variables, namely property price and individual payroll, to predict suicide rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Poisson regression models
  • Socio-economics in Hong Kong
  • Suicides
  • Suicides in Hong Kong
  • Unemployment studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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