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Suicide rates in people of South Asian origin in England and Wales

Aspinall, Peter J. (2009) Suicide rates in people of South Asian origin in England and Wales. British Journal of Psychiatry, 194 (6). pp. 566-567. ISSN 0007-1250. (doi:10.1192/bjp.194.6.566a) (KAR id:24455)


A notable finding in McKenzie et al's study1 of suicide rates in people of South Asian origin is that the high relative rates in younger Asian women reported in previous research studies are found in the 1993–98 data-set but not that for 1999–2003, which shows high relative rates for Asian women over 65. In discussing their results, the investigators acknowledge potential problems with the study's methodology, including the numerator (how well the SANGRA name recognition algorithm ascertains individuals of South Asian origin in more recent samples) and denominator (the validity of a linear interpolation of numbers over their period). However, perhaps cautions are required with respect to the overall robustness of the SANGRA algorithm and the issue of numerator/denominator compatibility: the numerator uses an operational definition of ethnicity (derived from name information) and the denominator is based on self-assignment by individuals to census categories.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1192/bjp.194.6.566a
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental health
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 12:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:02 UTC
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