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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 623; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060623

Stock Market Fluctuations and Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents in Hong Kong

Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 31 March 2017 / Revised: 22 May 2017 / Accepted: 31 May 2017 / Published: 9 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Psychology and Crime)
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Although a few studies investigated the impact of stock market fluctuations on population health, the question of whether stock market fluctuations have an impact on self-harm in children and adolescents remain unanswered. This study therefore investigated the association between stock market fluctuations and self-harm among children and adolescents in Hong Kong. Daily self-harm attendance records were retrieved from all 18 local Accident and Emergency Departments (AED) from 2001 to 2012. 4931 children and adolescents who committed self-harm were included. The results indicated positive correlation between daily change in stock market index, Hang Seng Index (∇HSI, per 300 points), and daily self-harm incident risk of children and adolescents, without time lag between the two. The incident risk ratio for ∇HSI was 1.09 (p = 0.0339) in children and 1.06 (p = 0.0246) in adolescents. Importantly, non-trading days were found to impose significant protective effect in both groups against self-harm risk. Our results showed that stock market fluctuations were related to self-harm behaviors in children and adolescents. Parents and professionals should be educated about the potential harm of stock market fluctuations and the importance of effective parenting in reducing self-harm among children and adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-harm; stock market; Hong Kong children self-harm; stock market; Hong Kong children
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Wong, W.H.-S.; Lee, J.C.-Y.; Ho, F.K.-W.; Li, T.M.-H.; Ip, P.; Chow, C.-B. Stock Market Fluctuations and Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 623.

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