Association between Chronic Exposure to Pesticide and Suicide

Myoungjee Jung, Sei Jin Chang, Chun Bae Kim, Seongho Min, Kyungsuk Lee, Sang Baek Koh, Jung Ran Choi

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Objective:We investigated the association between suicide and pesticide exposure in a community-based cohort study.Methods:We performed a longitudinal analysis of 6333 who participated in the initial survey of the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. Data were collected using a questionnaire to assess the prevalence of suicide. We calculated the hazard ratios (HRs) for suicide by pesticide exposure using the Cox proportional hazard model.Results:After adjusting for variables, participants exposed to pesticides had a 1.88-fold increased risk of suicide (HR, 1.88; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.11 to 3.16) than those who were not exposed. Study populations with greater pesticide use (HR, 2.42; 95% CI, 1.27 to 4.60) and pesticide addiction had the highest suicide rates (HR, 1.91; 95% CI, 1.03 to 3.56).Conclusions:Pesticide exposure for suicide should be considered during the development and implementation of suicide prevention in rural area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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