Year: 2001 Source: Singapore Medical Journal, v.42, no.1, (2001), p.11-14 SIEC No: 20070015

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 appeared more to reflect an absolute decrease in female suicide rather than any distinct absolute increase in male suicides. The authors speculate on possible social determinants for this epidemiological trend. (10 refs.)