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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2004 Spring;34(1):36-43.

Youth suicide: insights from 5 years of Arizona Child Fatality Review Team data.

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Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Data on 153 youth suicides in Arizona (1994-1999) were used to explore demographic, behavioral, and experiential factors that distinguish between firearm suicide and suicide by other means. In bivariate analyses, White youths were more likely than non-White youths to use a firearm to commit suicide as were youths who had not experienced a life crisis or expressed suicidal thoughts in the past, relationships that hold in multivariate analyses at the p < 0.2 level. Targeted suicide prevention activities should supplement interventions focused on restricting access to highly lethal means of suicide such as firearms.

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