LIN Siu Fung 林少峰

Research Projects


  • Identifying Emotional Factors Linked With Suicide Among Children, Adolescents, Adults and The Elderlies in Hong Kong - A Systematic Study Of Suicide Notes
  • LIN Siu Fung, WONG Chun Hon Michael#
    10 November 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Suicide notes are considered (at least legally) crucial pieces of evidence about the motive and psychological states of the equivocal death (see, Atkinson, 1978).
    What causes suicide remains a myth. It is partly because suicide cannot be studied retrospectively unless the suicides have communicated their thoughts and feelings before their fatal act. McClelland et al (2000) found substantial amount of blames while others found substantial positive emotions as well as negative emotions in suicide notes. It is considered important that emotions of the suicides at the time of taking this act being identified, so that we would be able to address the needs of those who are at risk (see, Birchard, 2003).
    In Western society, it is more common for the elderly suicides to leave suicide notes than any other age-groups and it was found that younger suicides were significantly more likely than older suicides to include emotions (see, Brophy, 2003). My preliminary analysis of data collected in Hong Kong shows that 80% child-suicides, 1/3 young suicides and adult suicides left notes, while only ¼ elderly suicides left notes in year 2003. This age-related pattern seems to be different from that in the West. To tackle the problem in HK and to set up effective suicide preventive measures targeted at different age groups, it is worth exploring how suicides of different ages in Hong Kong describe, account for, and communicate to someone their suicidal act and their emotional states by studying their suicide notes scientifically and systematically. (SS04761)



Research Publications


  • "Suicide Crisis Intervention in Hong Kong – A 24-hour Service. ". the XXIII World Congress – IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) on Scaling the submit- suicidal behaviour in diverse cultures Durban, 2005.09.



  • "Suicide Notes: A Systematic Study into How Suicides of Different Ages in Hong Kong Describe, Account for, and Communicate to Someone Their Suicidal Act and Their Emotional States". the XXIII World Congress – IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) on Scaling the submit- suicidal behaviour in diverse cultures Durban, 2005.09.



  • "Suicide Notes: A Systematic Study into the Pattern and Characteristics of Suicide Note-Leavers of Different Ages in Hong Kong". the XXIII World Congress – IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) on Scaling the submit- suicidal behaviour in diverse cultures Durban, 2005.09.


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