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Determinants of suicidal behaviour in Malaysia

Cheah, Yong Kang and Omar, Mohd Azahadi and Phang, Siew Nooi and Abd. Manaf, Noor Hazilah (2018) Determinants of suicidal behaviour in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, 55 (2). pp. 231-243. ISSN 1511-4554

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Abstract

A sharp rise in the prevalence of suicide has become a serious public health concern. Acquiring a better understanding of the determinants of suicidal behaviour can help to implement a more effective policy directed towards reducing the suicide rate. In this study, we attempt to examine the effects of sociodemographic, lifestyle and health factors on suicidal behaviour among Malaysian adults. A rigorous statistical method and a nationally representative data are used for analyses. We find that age, gender, race, marital status, self-rated health, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia are significantly associated with suicidal behaviour. Specifically, there are positive relationships between the likelihoods of engaging in suicidal behaviour and young adults, females, Indians/others, being unmarried, and having poor health conditions. We conclude that sociodemographic and health factors play an important role in affecting suicidal behaviour, whereas lifestyle factor does not. As an intervention measure towards overcoming the problem of high suicide rate, effective policies should be targeted at individuals who are likely to engage in suicidal behaviour

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 328/70336
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age, health, marital status, race, suicide
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: PROF DR NOORHAZILAH ABD.MANAF
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 10:35
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 11:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/70336

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