Year: 2005 Source: Death Studies, v.29, no.7, (September 2005), p.645-663 SIEC No: 20051692

This article attempts to investigate whether there are gender differences in suicide risk by socio-demographic factors in Hong Kong, & to explain the low male-to-female suicide ratios. The effects of marital status, duration of residence, & occupational status are first studied by periodic suicide rates in 1990-1992 & 2000-2002, & then by Poisson regression. Migration in Hong Kong did not induce suicide. Occupational status was negatively related to suicide only for men. The particularly low male-to-female suicide ratio was not due to a larger protection from marriage for men than for women but very probably to a very high suicide rate for the non-working population. (40 refs.)