Fatal and nonfatal suicide attempts among adolescents--Oregon, 1988-1993

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1995 Apr 28;44(16):312-5, 321-3.


Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15-19 years in the United States and second among adolescents in Oregon. During 1959-1961 and during 1990-1992, the rate of suicide in Oregon increased sixfold among 15-19-year-olds. During 1988-1991, the suicide rate for adolescents in Oregon (15.5 deaths per 100,000) was 39.6% higher than the U.S. rate (11.1). Because of the magnitude of this problem, in 1987 the state legislature in Oregon mandated that hospitals treating a child aged < or = 17 years for injuries resulting from a suicide attempt report the attempt to the State Health Division, Oregon Department of Human Resources, and that the patient be referred for counseling; the Oregon Adolescent Suicide Attempt Data System (ASADS) was established in 1988. This report presents an analysis of data for adolescents aged < or = 17 years from ASADS during 1988-1993.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oregon / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / trends
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide, Attempted / trends