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College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies
School of Accounting

Com 501 Communication Literacy
Trimester 3, 2015
Assignment 2- Critical Review

Name: Devika Chand
Id: 2015131951
Tutorial Group: 2

Review: Vijayakumar, L., 2004. Suicide prevention: the urgent need in developing countries. World Psychiatry, 3(3), pp. 158-159.

Suicide prevention: the urgent need in developing countries
Any death caused by disease or old age is natural and may not be accounted for any thriller to anyone (Palmer, 2009). It may be plaguing to know death which might had occurred due to unusual ways as these deaths could be stopped. There are no doubt of unnatural ...view middle of the document...

Domestics voilence is also a contributing factor for suicide as mentioned in the article for developing countries. Lakshmi Vijayakumar closes her article with series of solution which might reduce the challenging issue faced by developing counties. She urges that help from non-government organization, native healers and practitioners of alternative medicine could be utilized as a solution but most importantly special programs should be designed for women and young, keeping in mind cost relevance, social background and culturally appropriate.
The author has used simple sentences with basic parts of speech for her writing which strengthen her article since majority of readers will understand. Lakshmi Vijayakumar’s article was published in the year 2004 and her reference for her article is significant enough as all the reference are between years 1999 to 2002 which is close to year 2004. She also uses persuasive data to prove that developing countries face issues of suicides in the early stage of her writing such as: “More than half the suicides (54%) in the world occur in China and India”, she explains (p 158). Finally, her claim could be proven true since Mitra (2006) also highlighted that in India violence against women is contributing factor for suicide.
Even though her article contains a lot of quantitative data but her article has a falls. She introduces her writing stating “Seventy-three percent of suicides in the world occur in developing countries, though data is unavailable for 73% of countries” (p 158), this implies that she herself is not sure about the data and also she did not provide any reference for the readers to validate her claim. To add on, her first sentence: “Data on suicide is not available for roughly half the countries (53%) of the world and one third (27%) of the population” (p 158), is not precise since she claims that one third is 27% but this is mathematically incorrect. One third is 33.33% not 27% as stated by the author. Moreover, when the article was published in the year 2004 then it had incorrect reference in the commentary which later corrected in the year 2005 (Psychiatry, 2005). Lastly, despite the writer gave solution for the problem of suicide but she fails to give any evidence of its success or its practice over the world.
To conclude, the article was interesting as I read which also provided some facts. However, despite these there are grounds on which it could have been improved on such as providing current data and reference.

Palmer, B., 2009. What, Exactly, Are "Natural Causes"?. [Online]
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Siddhartha Mitra and Sangeeta Shroff, 2006. Determinants of Suicide rates in Developing Countries – An...

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