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To Compare is to Despair? A Population-Wide Study of Neighborhood Composition and Suicide

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Seminar 9 Oct

Speaker : Dr. Ka-Yuet LIU
Date : Oct 9, 2015 (Friday)
Time : 12:30 – 13:30
Venue : Studio 2, 2/F, BIR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam.

Abstract

The suicide risk associated with an individual attribute depends on the context. Eight hypotheses about the interactions between neighborhood composition and country-of-origin, income and socially disadvantaged propositions are proposed based on social support, social comparison and regulation mechanisms. They are tested with a population-based dataset of all 1.4 million adults who lived in the greater Stockholm area in the 1990s. Results from multilevel analyses show that the effects of socio-demographic characteristics on suicide vary with neighborhood composition. The results suggest that neighborhood contexts adversely affect the suicide risk of some while they reduce the risk of the others. The results have implications on policy debates on rising income inequality, increased numbers of migrants and people living in poverty – phenomena that are found in Hong Kong as well as in other countries.

About the speaker

Ka-Yuet Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research examines the diffusion of behaviors and non-contagious diseases. She joined UCLA in 2012 after working at Columbia University, New York. Her recent publications focus on the rising prevalence of autism. Her paper “Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic” published in the American Journal of Sociology, won the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Medical Sociology. Her doctorate research conducted at the University of Oxford focused on the effects of social interactions on suicide. Liu was named a Hellman Fellow (2014-15) for her research on the diffusion of non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirements in California.

 

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Date: May 8 2015
Feature Speaker: Professor Paul YIP

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Who is Happier in Hong Kong: Those Earning More or Giving More?

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Date: May 22 2015
Feature Speaker: Dr. Qijin CHENG

 

To improve the public understanding and awareness on the relationship between poverty and mental well-being, a series of seminars is held by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Cheng presented the relationship between giving, earning, and happiness.

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Poverty and Well-being in Hong Kong: A Spatial Analysis

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Date: May 29 2015
Feature Speaker: Dr. Shusen CHANG

To improve the public understanding and awareness on the relationship between poverty and mental well-being, a series of seminars is held by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. In the fourth and the last seminar of the series, Dr. Chang presented a spatial analysis on poverty and well-being, which examined the geography of poverty and suicide and their association in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Gini index, which was an internationally commonly used measure of income disparity, increased from 0.476 in 1991 to 0.537 in 2011 according to the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) based on household income statistics from past censuses. According to the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2012 published by the Hong Kong Government, the poverty line in Hong Kong was set based on the idea of relative poverty and data collected from the General Household Survey. Individuals of a household would be defined as living under the poverty line if the household income was below 50% of the median monthly household income.

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