Drowning in childhood and adolescence: a population-based study

Am J Public Health. 1987 Jul;77(7):830-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.77.7.830.


We present the results of a residence-based study of drownings among Sacramento County, California children and adolescents ages 0-19 years for the years 1974-84. Children ages 1-3 had the highest drowning rates. The majority of drownings in this group, and one-third of all drownings in the study, occurred in residential swimming pools. Males ages 15-19 had a high drowning rate as well; at least 38 per cent of drownings in that age group were alcohol-associated. The implications for preventive efforts are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • California
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Swimming Pools