Report suggests suicide rates for young girls are rising faster than boys

(Ohio) – Researches at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus are announcing the results of a recent analysis.

According to researchers, the data changes the established patterns that boys are more likely to die by suicide and that girls are more likely to consider it and attempt it. The study analyzed suicide rates of US kids and teens ages 10 to 19 between 1975 and 2016 using the Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database, run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the time period studied, there were more than 85,000 suicides in kids and teens, with 80% in boys and 20% in girls. The rates of suicide peaked in 1993 and had been on the decline until 2007, when they again started to climb, according to the study results recently published in JAMA.

While boys were 3.8 times more likely than girls to kill themselves over the 40-year period, the gap is narrowing. Beginning in 2007, the rates of suicide for girls 10 to 14 increased by 12.7% per year, compared with 7.1% for boys the same age.

A similar trend was discovered for teens 15 to 19. Suicide rates increased by 7.9% for girls and 3.5% for boys.

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