Exploring the consequences of bullying victimization in a sample of singapore youth.

A substantial body of research has developed surrounding the phenomenon of bullying online and off-line among youth populations. These studies demonstrate there are significant psychological and emotional consequences for bullying victims. Researchers have not, however, explored in depth how these outcomes differ across the sexes based on the types of bullying they experience. In addition, […]

Suicide methods in Singapore(2000-2004): Types and associations.


Ritual vicissitudes: The uncertainties of Singaporean suicide rites.

In this article, I examine how Singaporean Chinese families and funeral professionals work together to ritually manage the meaning and consequences of a death by suicide. While the now dated literature on Chinese mortuary practice emphasizes the formality and rigidity of death rituals, during fieldwork I noted many moments of confusion within ritual, moments of […]

Suicide in young Singaporeans aged 10-24 years between 2000 to 2004.


Elderly suicide in Chinese populations.

Studies on suicide rate in the elderly have shown vast differences in different regions. This review summarizes the literature on the elderly suicide trend in Chinese populations, namely China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, comparing these data to those in the USA and the UK.

Suicide Trends in Singapore: 1955-2004

Suicide trends in Singapore between 1955-2004 were investigated. Suicides cases were identified from the Registry of Birth & Death, Singapore & analyzed using Poisson regression. Overall, suicide rates remained stable between 9.8-13.0/100,000 over the last 5 decades. Rates remain highest in elderly males, despite declines among the elderly & middle-age males in recent years. Rates […]

The Media and Suicide

Suicide is a common & preventable event often reported by the media when there are sensational elements or if the suicide involves a celebrity. Media reports can induce a copycat or Werther effect. There is increasing evidence that sensational reporting of suicide has a direct effect on increasing suicide rates. Responsible reporting guidelines drawn up […]

Suicide Trends in Singapore: two Decades Down the Road

Recent trends in the incidence & methods of suicide in Singapore, over 1991-2000, were compared with the results of a previous study covering 1975-1984. Results of the present study showed the crude suicide rate had stabilised over the last decade & that the rate was highest among elderly males. Comparison of the results of both […]

Relationship Between Academic Stress and Suicidal Ideation: Testing for Depression as a Mediator Using Multiple Regression


Externalizing Problems, Internalizing Problems, and Suicidal Ideation in Singaporean Adolescents: sex Differences

This study explores the relationships among 4 factors of maladjustment (emotional distress, negative self, antisocial behaviour, & anger control problems) & suicide ideation in 271 Singaporean adolescents. Findings indicate emotional distress, negative self-concept, & antisocial behaviour signficantly predicted suicide ideation for the whole sample. Beta weight is largest for emotional distress, followed by negative self, […]

Comparing the Changing Suicide Rate in Singapore With the Rates in England/Wales and the USA, 1950-1985

Whereas marriage & birth rates were significantly associated with the time-series annual suicide rate from 1950-1985 in England & Wales & birth rates were associated with the annual suicide rate in the United States, neither variable was significantly associated with the annual suicide rate in Singapore. It seems that different theories of suicide may have […]

Epidemiology of Completed Suicides in Singapore for 2001 and 2002

This study analysed 640 suicides in Singapore during 2000-2001, compared these to previous years & in relation to demographic & socioeconomic factors as well as to the characteristics of a subgroup of victims with prior psychiatric illness. There was little change in suicide patterns but disproportionately higher numbers were recorded for the 25-34 & the […]

Suicide Letters in Singapore

Coroner court records of 1,721 Singaporean suicides occuring between 2000-2004 were reviewed; 398 individuals left suicide letters. Letter writers tended to be younger, single, & less likely to have mental or physical illness. A reason for suicide was evident in 58% of the letters. Major reasons included school & relationship problems in the young, financial […]

Suicide in Singapore: a Changing sex Ratio Over the Last Decade

Data on suicide in Singapore for the decade 1989-1998 were examined, both as an overall set & as four age-based subgroups. The male to female ratio increased significantly over the decade, contributed to most distinctly by changed rates in young adults (29-40 years). The changed gender ratio appeared limited to Chinese subjects. The changed ratio […]

A Geography of big Things

This paper sketches some conceptual tools by which cultural geographers might advance geographies of architecture. It does so by thinking specifically about one architectural form, the modernist residential highrise. Among other things, a template for cultural geographical scholarship is offered which takes seriously the technical work entailed in things, like a highrise, materialising or de-materialising. […]

Gender Differences in Life Stressors Associated With Child and Adolescent Suicides in Singapore From 1995 to 2003

This study explored gender differences in life stressors of 156 children & adolescents who died by suicide in Singapore from 1995-2003. Significantly more females were found to have had interpersonal/relationship problems as recent life stressors compared with males. No gender differences were found for family problems or school problems. Only interpersonal/relationship problems emerged as a […]

Impact of Gender and Parents’ Marital Status on Adolescents’ Suicidal Ideation


The Risk of Suicidality With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Suicides in Hong-Kong and Singapore: a Tale of two Cities

Suicide statistics from Hong Kong & Singapore over the period 1984-1994 were studied. The suicide behaviours in these cities were remarkably similar. Suicide rates increased with age, with a sharp increase among the elderly which was about 4 to 5 times the average. A relatively low male:female ratio & low teenage suicide were also found. […]

The Sports Challenge International Programme for Identified ‘At Risk’ Children and Adolescents: a Singapore Study

Since 1992, Sports Challenge has been recognised as a ‘World Best Practice’ in redressing the issue of ‘at risk’ children & adolescents. The program now operates in over 150 schools & communities throughout Australia & 24 schools & Detention Centres in Singapore. This article allows a window into the development of the program & the […]

Parasuicide: a Singapore Perspective

This study was undertaken to determine whether there were ethnic & social variations in parasuicide in the population of Singapore. A review of all hospital records of parasuicide from a teaching hospital between 1991 & 1995 revealed a general upward trend of cases admitted from 1991 to 1995. Young females appeared to be the most […]

Occupational Mortality Among Merchant Seafarers in the British, Singapore and Hong Kong Fleets (1981-1995)

The manner & causes of lives lost among seafarers in the British, Singapore, & Hong Kong fleets, during the period 1981-1995 were identified. In the British fleet, the rate of suicide & disappearances at sea was 1.0 per 10,000 seafarer-years. In the Singapore fleet, this rate was 1.9 per 10,000 seafarer years & it was […]

Suicide by Jumping in Singapore as a Function of High-Rise Apartment Availability

In Singapore from 1960 to 1976, the suicide rate by jumping from high-rise apartment buildings increased as their availability increased and appeared to create new suicides in addition to leading some people to switch methods for suicide. (2 refs.)