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Victims of violence in Fiji


Pridmore, S and Ryan, K and Blizzard, CL, Victims of violence in Fiji, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 29, (4) pp. 666-670. ISSN 0004-8674 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/00048679509064983


Objective: The aim of the paper is to examine the statistics for violence performed by self or others in Fiji during the period 1969-1989 in the following sub-classifications: (1) fatal vs non-fatal; (2) Fijian vs Indian; and (3) male vs female. Method: Crude rates per 100,000 were determined and the data sets were statistically examined. Results: (1) Violence by self, which includes suicide and non-fatal injury by self, has significantly increased; (2) Indian violence by self has increased in both males and females; (3) suicide is 4 times more common than homicide, whereas non-fatal injury by others is 4 times more common than non-fatal injury by self; (4) non-fatal injury by self is 8 times more common than suicide, whereas non-fatal injury by others is over 100 times more common than homicide; (5) Indian violence by self is 6 times more common than Fijian violence by self, whereas Fijians experience violence by others 2.5 times more commonly than Indians; (6) female violence by self is 1,5 times more common than male violence by self, whereas male violence by others is 3 times more common than female violence by others; (7) the rates of suicide and homicide are low by international standards; and (8) Fijian violence by self is particularly low, but consistent with the low suicide rate of the indigenous populations in surrounding geographical regions. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that racial differences in violence are likely to be due to cultural factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, CL (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
ID Code:5691
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-25

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