Barnaby, Loraine A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
The Demographics of Suicide in Jamaica: A Study of Suicides in 2003 [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: To identify factors relating to suicide in Jamaica in 2003. Method: The available figures for suicide were obtained from the Jamaican Constabulary Force. Demographic factors of age, gender, marital status and occupation were examined, as well as the presence or absence of possible precipitating factors, including arguments, psychiatric or medical illness and incarceration. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Conclusion: This study indicates that, whereas hanging continues to be the main method of suicide used by persons regardless of gender and age, ingestion of poisonous liquid and firearms continue to emerge as lethal means. There is a clearly significant association between occupation and method used.....