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Am J Public Health. 1990 February; 80(2): 211–212.
PMCID: PMC1404629

Suicide clusters: an examination of age-specific effects.


The age specificity of time-space clusters of suicide was examined using National Center for Health Statistics data for 1978-84. Significant clustering of suicide occurred primarily among teenagers and young adults, with minimal effect beyond 24 years of age. Clustering was two to four times more common among adolescents and young adults than among other age groups.

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