Year: 1991 Source: The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.37, no.2, (1991), p.141-145 SIEC No: 20070551

Of 2,143 admissions following suicide attempts over a 7-year period (1980-1986) in Seoul, Korea, 38 were cases of suicide by burning. These cases were matched by age & gender to a control group of suicide attempters in the general population & were investigated for psychosocial differences from other suicide attempters. No significant social differences were found between the groups. The majority of suicide attempts by burning occurred in a public place & were eventually fatal. Half of these cases suffered from significant mental disorders & marital disharmony. (7 refs.)