The Suicide Rates Of South Korea

1349 WordsMay 4, 20166 Pages
Worldwide Suicide Rates Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Suicide rates around the world vary because of different available methods and economic reasons. There are also multiple ways suicide is being observed to find ways to resolve the increasing rates. South Korea is one of many countries with the highest suicide rates. In the recent years, suicide rates have increased rapidly and steadily in South Korea: in 1990 an average of 9.8 suicides per 100,000 individuals were observed, and in 2012 the rate was 33.5 suicides per 100,000 individuals (Park). The most common method for suicide was self-poisoning until the early 2000’s for both males and females. Although it was the most commonly use of suicide, it has become less available due to strict regulation, which may be the explanation for hanging increase. Since 2003, the most common method has been hanging for males, and female since 2005. Our present findings suggest that the increased use of hanging as a suicide method in South Korea is related to an increase in the overall suicide rate (Park). In 2000- 2011, suicide rates for males in South Korea rapidly increased from 18.8 to 43.3 suicides per 100,000 individuals and for females from 8.3 to 20.1 suicides per 100,000 individuals for females (Park). There was a positive correlation between suicide rate and rate of hanging, and a negative correlation between
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