Variable circumstances of suicide among racial/ethnic groups by sex and age: A National Violent-Death Reporting System analysis
Ali, B., Rockett, I., & Miller, T.
Suicide rates vary by race/ethnicity, but little is known about how the circumstances that contribute to suicide differ across racial/ethnic groups. This study investigated suicide circumstances among non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks, non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islanders, non-Hispanic Native American/Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics by sex and age. Using de-identified National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) Restricted Access Database files from 2006-2015, we examined proximal circumstances of suicide among decedents aged 10 years and older. Hierarchical logistic regression analysis revealed racial/ethnic differentials in non-alcohol substance abuse problem, intimate partner problem, and physical health problem across sex and age, controlling for potential confounders. Study findings highlight priority areas for suicide interventions.