Year: 1988 Source: Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, v.18, no.3, (1988), p.219-236 SIEC No: 19880722

A review of research on the classification & counting of deaths reveals little hard evidence supporting claims that suicides are seriously underreported in the U.S. An analysis of detailed cause-of-death mortality data indicates that the maximum likely undercount possible, using generous assumptions concerning misclassification frequency, was about 26% for 1980, & if compensating overcounts are considered, the maximum likely undercount is estimated to be under 10%. (GW)