Table 1

Binomial tests comparing the demographic characteristics of suicide decedents in newspaper reports versus the population suicide statistics for Tamil Nadu

CharacteristicsMaleFemaleTotal
Newspaper
% (n)
Population
% (n)
P value*Newspaper
% (n)
Population
% (n)
P value*Newspaper
% (n)
Population
% (n)
P value*
Age (years)
 <187.1 (54)4.2 (446)<0.00113.0 (85)10.7 (537)0.0719.8 (139)6.2 (983)<0.001
 18–2931.5 (239)24.7 (2656)<0.00150.2 (328)40.1 (2022)<0.00140.1 (567)29.7 (4678)<0.001
 30–4426.2 (199)34.9 (3749)<0.00121.3 (139)25.6 (1291)0.01623.9 (338)31.9 (5040)<0.001
 45–5923.4 (178)25.5 (2742)0.19413.8 (90)14.8 (746)0.48119.0 (268)22.1 (3488)0.006
 60+11.8 (90)10.6 (1141)0.2961.8 (12)8.8 (445)<0.0017.2 (102)10.1 (1586)0.001
 Total100.0 (760)100.0 (10734)100.0 (654)100.0 (5041)100.0 (1,414)100.0 (15775)
Marital status†
 Unmarried26.8 (125)23.5 (2459)0.09634.5 (180)22.3 (1100)<0.00130.9 (305)23.1 (3559)<0.001
 Married63.6 (297)73.4 (7682)<0.00160.8 (317)72.1 (3556)<0.00162.1 (614)73.0 (11238)<0.001
 Separated4.1 (19)1.2 (128)<0.0013.1 (16)3.1 (155)13.5 (35)1.8 (283)<0.001
 Divorced0.0 (0)0.3 (21)0.2360.4 (2)0.8 (38)0.2860.2 (2)0.4 (69)0.325
 Widowed5.6 (26)1.6 (164)<0.0011.2 (6)1.6 (80)0.4843.2 (32)1.6 (244)<0.001
 Total100.0 (467)100.0 (10464)100.0 (521)100.0 (4929)100.0 (988)100.0 (15393)
Suicide method
 Hanging52.7 (436)42.5 (4555)<0.00151.2 (349)38.0 (1916)<0.00152.1 (785)41.0 (6471)<0.001
 Poisoning20.3 (168)39.7 (4260)<0.00119.8 (135)35.2 (1775)<0.00120.1 (303)38.3 (6035)<0.001
 Fire/self-immolation9.3 (77)6.0 (643)0.00112.0 (82)19.2 (967)<0.00110.5 (159)10.2 (1610)0.659
 Under vehicle/train4.5 (37)2.9 (309)0.0073.8 (26)0.9 (45)<0.0014.2 (63)2.2 (354)<0.001
 Drowning3.0 (25)3.3 (357)0.6564.7 (32)3.4 (171)0.0613.8 (57)3.3 (528)0.297
 Jumping (off structure)2.5 (21)0.6 (60)<0.0014.1 (28)0.1 (7)<0.0013.2 (49)0.4 (67)<0.001
 Self-inflicted injury0.7 (6)0.6 (68)0.6422.3 (16)0.4 (18)<0.0011.5 (22)0.5 (86)<0.001
 Other6.9 (57)4.5 (482)0.0011.9 (13)2.8 (142)0.1594.6 (70)4.0 (624)0.203
 Total100.0 (827)100.0 (10734)100.0 (681)100.00100.0 (1508)100.0 (15775)
  • *Two-tailed binomial test on difference between two proportions using the ‘prtesti’ command in Stata.

  • †Excludes those listed as ‘unknown’ and ‘other’ in the NCRB data.

  • NCRB, National Crime Records Bureau.