Differences in reactions to media reporting of a celebrity suicide between emotionally distressed and nondistressed individuals in Taiwan

Background: The differences in emotional reactions toward media reports of celebrity suicides between distressed and non-distressed individuals have rarely been explored. Aim: We aimed to explore differences in reaction patterns to the news coverage of a celebrity’s suicide between distressed and nondistressed individuals in Taiwan. Method: We conducted an Internet survey to assess the impact of the news coverage of […]

Method-specific suicide rates and accessibility of means: A small-area analysis in Taipei City, Taiwan

Background: Few studies have investigated whether means accessibility is related to the spatial distribution of suicide. Aims: To examine the hypothesis that indicators of the accessibility to specific suicide methods were associated with method-specific suicide rates in Taipei City, Taiwan. Method: Smoothed standardized mortality ratios for method-specific suicide rates across 432 neighborhoods and their associations with means accessibility indicators were estimated using […]

Perceptions towards charcoal-burning suicide and the surge of this lethal method in Taiwan

Objective: Whether sociocultural perceptions of charcoal-burning suicide have influenced its rapid increase in prevalence is unclear. We aimed to explore perceptions of Taiwan’s general population regarding charcoal-burning suicide, their personal belief in life after death, and related feelings of thoughts associated with those who attempt charcoal-burning suicide. Methods: An online web-based survey, focussing on sociocultural attitudes towards […]

Suicidality among gay and bisexual men in Taiwan: Its relationship with sexuality and gender role characteristics, homophobic bullying victimization, and social support

This study aimed to examine the associations of suicidality in emerging adulthood with time of coming out, gender role nonconformity, sexual orientation, traditional and cyber homophobic bullying victimization, and family and peer support during childhood in gay and bisexual men in Taiwan. The frequency of “experiencing suicide ideation” and “attempting suicide” in the past year […]

Interpersonal-psychological theory, alexithymia, and personality predict suicide ideation among maladjusted soldiers in Taiwan.

This case–control study enrolled 226 maladjusted soldiers and 229 controls to investigate the impact of the interpersonal–psychological theory of suicide, alexithymia, personality, and childhood trauma on suicide risk among Taiwanese soldiers. Assessments included the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Eysenck Personality Inventory, Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, and Brief Symptom Rating Scale. In addition to thwarted belongingness and perceived […]

Internet use and web communication networks, sources of social support, and forms of suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescents: Different patterns between genders.


The association of trends in charcoal-burning suicide with Google search and newspaper reporting in Taiwan: A time series analysis.


Analysis of the barriers of mental distress disclosure in medical inpatients in Taiwan.

Disclosure of mental distress to physicians is important for mental illness identification, early referrals and proper treatment to prevent suicide. Little is known about what affects mental health communication in the clinical settings in the Chinese societies. We interviewed a series of consecutive inpatients from two medical wards of a general hospital in northern Taiwan. […]

Child sexual abuse and its relationship with health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults in Taipei.

This study explores the association of child sexual abuse (CSA) with subsequent health risk behaviors among a cross-section of 4354 adolescents and young adults surveyed in urban and rural Taipei. Descriptive analysis and logistic regressions were employed. The overall proportion of CSA was 5.15%, with more females (6.14%) than males (4.16%) likely to experience CSA. […]

Is case management effective for long-lasting suicide prevention? A community cohort study in Northern Taiwan.

Journal held in CSP Library.

The associations between suicidal ideation and attempt and anxiety symptoms and the demographic, psychological, and social moderators in Taiwanese adolescents.

The objectives of this study were to examine the associations between suicidal ideation and attempt and anxiety symptoms and the moderators in 5,027 Taiwanese adolescents. Adolescents who had anxiety symptoms were more likely to have suicidal ideation and attempt than those who did not have anxiety symptoms. Bullying victimization had a moderating effect on the […]

Towards a reassessment of the role of divorce in suicide outcomes: evidence from five pacific rim populations.


The prevalence of and psychosocial risks for suicide attempts in male and female college students in Taiwan.

Journal held in CSP Library.

Suicide sex ratios after the inception of charcoal-burning suicide in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

This item is a ‘Letter to the Editor’ ; Includes one table of statistics.

Suicide method runs in families: A birth certificate cohort study of adolescent suicide in Taiwan.


The impact of pesticide suicide on the geographic distribution of suicide in Taiwan: A spatial analysis.


The Foxconn suicides and their media prominence: Is the Werther Effect applicable in China?


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.

Mortality of Doctors in Taiwan

This study evaluated the survival data of all Taiwanese doctors & ascertained whether doctors experience premature mortality. Death & census data from 1990-2006 were obtained for all practicing doctors in Taiwan. Cause-specific standardized mortality ratios were calculated using the general population of Taiwan as the reference. Doctors in Taiwan were found to be less likely […]

Suicide Experiences Among Institutionalized Older Veterans in Taiwan

This study examined the suicide experiences of institutionalized veterans in Taiwan. Data were collected from 19 residents, age 65 & older, who had attempted suicide. Transcripts from 26 tape-recorded interviews were analyzed by thematic analysis. 5 major themes related to suicide triggers were identified: illness & pain, death of close relatives or friends, conflicts with […]

Depression and Suicide Risk in Hemodialysis Patients With Chronic Renal Failure

The demographic & psychological factors associated with depression among 200 end-stage adult hemodialysis patients in Taiwan were examined & the relationships between depression, anxiety, fatigue, poor health-related quality of life, & increased suicide risk were elucidated. Structural equation modelling was used to analyze the models & the strength of the relationship between variables & suicide […]

The impact of quality of social support on help-seeking behavior prior to deliberate self-harm


Psychiatric Morbidity in HIV-Infected Male Prisoners

This study explored the prevalence & correlates of psychiatric morbidity among HIV-infected male prisoners in Taiwan. In 2005, data were collected from 535 HIV-infected male prisoners in 7 prisons. After excluding incomplete data, 479 participants were included in the analysis. Psychiatric morbidity was present in 46 percent of participants. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that correlates […]