Year: 1998 Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, v.147, no.9, (May 1, 1998), p.855-862 SIEC No: 19980797

Death rates from external causes for persons with developmental disabilities in California were studied for the period 1981-1995. 520 cases were identified, including 32 cases of suicide. Compared with the general California population, persons with developmental disability were at lower risk of homicide, suicide & poisonings, but at higher risk of pedestrian accidents, falls, fires & drowning. Suicides occurred more frequently among individuals in semi-independent living or in their own home.