Recent trends in suicide and homicide among blacks

JAMA. 1989 Oct 27;262(16):2265-9.


The black community contends daily with the phenomena of suicide and homicide. However, it is the killing of black males that constitutes the heaviest burden for the group. Black suicide rates, on the other hand, continue to be lower than white suicide rates. Nevertheless, it is the black male group between the ages of 25 and 34 years that bears the brunt of both suicide and homicide. This article reviews the major theories advanced to explain the existence of these serious public health problems in the black community, suggests ways of attacking these problems, and also delineates significant areas for future research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homicide / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / trends
  • United States