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

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2004 Spring;34(1):36-43. doi: 10.1521/suli.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arizona / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*