Stock Market Fluctuations and Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents in Hong Kong
AbstractAlthough 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
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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.
Wong WH-S, Lee JC-Y, Ho FK-W, Li TM-H, Ip P, Chow C-B. Stock Market Fluctuations and Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(6):623.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wong, Wilfred H.-S.; Lee, James C.-Y.; Ho, Frederick K.-W.; Li, Tim M.-H.; Ip, Patrick; Chow, Chun-Bong. 2017. "Stock Market Fluctuations and Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents in Hong Kong." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 6: 623.
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