Sunday, April 11, 2004

Suicide study 

I'm a bit late with this, but the latest issue of New Scientist highlights a very interesting study in India, which has shown that the suicide rate among women aged 15-19 there is the highest (known) in the world. With the worldwide average being 14.5 suicides per 100,000, the rate among these women is 148 per 100,000. In the West young men are three times more likely to kill themselves than young women, but this study seems to confirm a growing trend of evidence that women in Asia are more likely to commit suicide than men - perhaps indicating different societal pressures in some of these countries, especially among this age group, to do with marriage and purity for young women nonetheless influenced by 'Western' romantic ideals.

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