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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Has the method of suicide changed over time?
A: Between 1990 and 2000, most youth suicides involved a firearm; each year since, suffocation was the leading cause.

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  • The proportion of youth suicides involving a firearm peaked at 69% in 1994, and has generally declined. In 2019, firearms were involved in 47% of youth suicides.
  • Comparatively, the proportion of suicides involving suffocation (e.g., hanging) grew from 20% in 1991 to a peak of 53% in 2008. In 2019, 47% of youth suicides were the result of suffocation.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02707.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on April 16, 2021.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

 

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