Suicide clusters: an examination of age-specific effects

Am J Public Health. 1990 Feb;80(2):211-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.2.211.


The age specificity of time-space clusters of suicide was examined using National Center for Health Statistics data for 1978-84. Significant clustering of suicide occurred primarily among teenagers and young adults, with minimal effect beyond 24 years of age. Clustering was two to four times more common among adolescents and young adults than among other age groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide Prevention
  • United States / epidemiology