ERIC Number: EJ824701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Do Geographic Regions with Higher Suicide Rates Also Have Higher Rates of Nonfatal Intentional Self-Harm?
Claassen, Cynthia A.; Carmody, Thomas; Bossarte, Robert; Trivedi, Madhukar H.; Elliott, Stephen; Currier, Glenn W.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n6 p637-649 Dec 2008
Fatal and nonfatal intentional self-harm events in eight U.S. states were compared using emergency department, hospital, and vital statistics data. Nonfatal event rates increased by an estimated 24.20% over 6 years. Case fatality ratios varied widely, but two northeastern states' total event rates (fatal plus nonfatal) were very high (New Hampshire 206.5/100,000 person years; Massachusetts 166.7/100,000). Geographic context did not uniformly impact the likelihood of self-harm across event types. The state-level public health burden posed by such acts cannot, therefore, be accurately estimated from either mortality or morbidity data alone.
Descriptors: Suicide, Geographic Regions, Public Health, At Risk Persons, Self Destructive Behavior, Comparative Analysis, Diseases, Death, Place of Residence
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