Early Life Risk Factors for Suicide in Young Adults

By February 17, 2016Events, Seminar


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Speaker : Professor Ying-Yeh Chen
Date : Feb 26, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 11:00 – 12:30
Venue : Room 1A, G/F HKJC BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.


This talk includes two studies tapping into early life risk factors for suicide in young adults in Taiwan. The first study investigated the association of perinatal social factors – maternal age, single motherhood, socioeconomic position, birth order and family size with future risk of suicide; and the second study explored the age of exposure to parental suicide and the risk of subsequent suicide completion in young people. Both study made use of linked data from Taiwan Birth Registry and Taiwan Death Registry.   We conclude that early life social circumstances and parental suicide influence future risk of suicide. Factors specific to Taiwanese culture, such as a preference for male offspring and social stigma of suicide, may have influenced gender-specific patterns of risk.

About the speaker

Professor Ying-Yeh Chen is a psychiatrist and a social epidemiologist. She earned her M.D. from Chung-Shan Medical University, Taiwan and got her Doctorate degree from Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard University, USA.   She has dedicated to suicide research and suicide prevention work with her clinical duties. Her research focuses on socio-environmental influences on suicide and suicidal behaviors; the social factors she evaluates include the mass-media, gendered socialization, childhood environment and access to suicide means. She also conducts a series of studies on suicide attempters, covering topics on media influences, outcome assessment and rationale for method choice. She is translating her academic finding to policy making. She is Taiwan’s national representative for the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).


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