Association between daily environmental temperature and suicide mortality in Korea (2001-2005).

21:34 EDT 28th August 2014 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Association between daily environmental temperature and suicide mortality in Korea (2001-2005)."

Little attention has been paid to whether temperature is associated with suicide and to whether suicide seasonality appears in Asian countries as shown in Western countries, even though suicide rates in Korea have increased steadily. The goal of the present study was to examine the association between daily temperature and daily suicide rate in Korea, taking gender, age, and education level into account. Data were analyzed using a generalized additive model, adjusting for confounding factors such as sunshine, relative humidity, holidays, and long-term trends. Suicide rates were higher in spring and summer than other seasons. We observed a 1.4% increase (95% confidence interval=1.0-1.7%) in suicide with each 1°C-increase in daily mean temperature. The suicide risks related to the temperature for males, elderly people, and those with less education were higher than for females, younger people, and those with more education, respectively. These findings have confirmed that temperature is associated with suicide in Korea and further our understanding of more susceptible groups, the effects of gender, age, and education level. Therefore, temperature, one of the meteorological factors, is an important risk factor on suicide.

Affiliation

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-724, Republic of Korea.

Journal Details

This article was published in the following journal.

Name: Psychiatry research
ISSN: 0165-1781
Pages: 390-6

Links

PubMed Articles [16640 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

Attitudes toward suicide among college students in South Korea and the United States.

South Korea (hereafter, Korea) has witnessed a rapid increase in its suicide rate over the past few decades and currently reports the highest rate among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Devel...

The impact of indiscriminate media coverage of a celebrity suicide on a society with a high suicide rate: Epidemiological findings on copycat suicides from South Korea.

This study examines the extent to which the indiscriminate media coverage of the famous young actress Lee Eun-ju's suicide in 2005 affected suicides overall and in specific subgroups (by age, gender,...

Qualities of daily life and suicide in old age: A comparative perspective.

The purpose of this article is to examine the incidence of suicide among older people from a crosscultural perspective. A review of the theories and the evidence relied on in studies of the relationsh...

The Werther Effect of Two Celebrity Suicides: an Entertainer and a Politician.

Suicide is a major health problem in Korea. Extensive media exposure of celebrity suicide may induce imitative suicide, a phenomenon called the Werther effect. We examined the increased suicide risk f...

The socio-environmental determinants of railway suicide: a systematic review.

Railway suicide has significant adverse impacts for the victims, their family and friends, witnesses to the incident, general public and train network. There is no previous review on the socio-environ...

Clinical Trials [2562 Associated Clinical Trials listed on BioPortfolio]

Effectiveness of a Family-Based Intervention for Adolescent Suicide Attempters (The SAFETY Study)

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of an individually tailored suicide prevention treatment program called SAFETY in reducing suicide and suicide attempts in adolescents.

Target Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest

Experimental studies and previous clinical trials suggest an improvement in mortality and neurological function with hypothermia after cardiac arrest. However, the accrued evidence is inco...

Suicide Prevention by Lithium - the Lithium Intervention Study

The purpose of this study is to examine the proposed suicide preventive effects of lithium in a randomized controlled trial within a group of individuals with depressive disorders. The hyp...

Community-Based Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Attempters

This study will determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in preventing future suicide attempts in repeat suicide attempters.

Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Attempters With Drug Dependence Disorder

This study will examine the effectiveness of combining cognitive therapy with enriched usual care for preventing subsequent suicide attempts in people with a drug dependence who have recen...

Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Former kingdom, located on Korea Peninsula between Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea on east coast of Asia. In 1948, the kingdom ceased and two independent countries were formed, divided by the 38th parallel.

The capital is Seoul. The country, established September 9, 1948, is located on the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Its northern border is shared with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Elimination of ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS; PESTICIDES and other waste using living organisms, usually involving intervention of environmental or sanitation engineers.

Insulated enclosures in which temperature, humidity, and other environmental conditions can be regulated at levels optimal for growth, hatching, reproduction, or metabolic reactions.

Removal of ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS or contaminants for the general protection of the environment. This is accomplished by various chemical, biological, and bulk movement methods, in conjunction with ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING.

Search BioPortfolio:
Advertisement
Advertisement