Cultural Stigma Manifested in Official Suicide Death in South Korea

Jeong Soo Im, B. C.Ben Park, Kathryn Strother Ratcliff

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This article examines the cultural sources of underreported suicide deaths in South Korea. It analyzes two sets of suicide data compiled by two different government agencies. Noting the considerable undercounting of suicide deaths compiled by the National Statistical Office, it explores how the underreporting is linked to the Confucian norm of familism. Despite an effort to improve the quality of official suicide data, a reform in the death system is needed in order to gather accurate data for a better understanding of the increased suicides as well as for the development of more effective suicide prevention and intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-403
Number of pages18
JournalOmega (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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