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NCJ Number: 229688 Find in a Library
Title: Trends in Adult Suicides in New Mexico: Utilizing Data From the New Mexico Violent Death Reporting System
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:93-99
Author(s): Anne N. Styka, M.P.H.; David S. White; Ross E. Zumwalt, M.D.; Sarah L. Lathrop, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
New Mexico Dept of Health
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Contract Number: U17CE624126-05
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study utilized data collected by the New Mexico Violent Death Reporting System in its first 2 years of operation (2005 and 2006) in order to define the demographic patterns of adult suicides in the State and characterize risk factors.
Abstract: Although many suicide prevention programs focus on youth suicides, data indicate the vast majority of suicides occur among adults (18-64 years). In 2005, New Mexico joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Violent Death Reporting System, collecting data on suicides, homicides, and unintentional firearm fatalities to better inform State and national prevention programs. A total of 526 suicides occurred among adults during this time (2005 and 2006), with the majority being male (78.5 percent) and White non-Hispanic (56.7 percent). The highest incidence was in adults between 45 and 54 years (28.1 percent). Firearms were the most commonly used mechanism, and "current depressed mood" the most commonly identified risk factor. High rates of adult suicide indicate the need for targeted prevention programs. 3 tables, 2 figures, and 32 references (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Adults (18+); Age group comparisons; New Mexico; Suicide; Suicide causes; Suicide prevention; Trend analysis; Victim profiles
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