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Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Mar;53(3):332-4.

Firearm-related suicide among young african-american males.

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  • 1Center for Intervention and Practice Research, School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104, USA.


National trends in firearm-related suicides among African-American and white males in the age groups 15 to 19 years and 20 to 24 years from 1979 to 1997 were examined. The rates and percentages of suicide by firearms increased significantly more among African-American males than among white males. During the 19-year period, firearms accounted for about 70 percent and 64 percent of all suicides among males aged 15 to 19 years and 20 to 24 years, respectively. The results support the Surgeon General's 1999 call for greater awareness of the suicide risk among African-American males.

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