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Suicide rate for girls climbs 76%, CDC says
Greg Bluestein | the Associated Press
September 7, 2007
ATLANTA – The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls increased 76 percent, a disturbing sign that federal health officials say they can’t fully explain.
For all young people from 10 to 24, the suicide rate rose 8 percent from 2003 to 2004 — the biggest single-year increase in 15 years — in what one official called “a dramatic and huge increase.”
The report, based on the latest numbers available, was released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and suggests a troubling reversal in recent trends. Suicide rates had fallen by 28.5 percent since 1990 among young people.
The biggest increase — about 76 percent — was in the suicide rate for 10- to 14-year-old girls. There were 94 suicides in that age group in 2004, compared with 56 in 2003. The rate is still low — fewer than one per 100,000 population.
Suicide rates among older teen girls, those 15 to 19, shot up 32 percent; rates for males in that age group rose 9 percent.
“In surveillance speak, this is a dramatic and huge increase,” Dr. Ileana Arias said of the overall picture. She is director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
More research is needed to determine whether this is a trend or just a blip, said one child psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Cummins of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “We all need to keep our eye on this over time to see if this is a continuing trend.”
Overall, there were 4,599 suicides among young people in 2004, making it the third-leading cause of death, surpassed by car crashes and homicides, Arias said. Males committed suicide far more often than females, accounting for about three-quarters of suicides in this age group.
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