Year: 2021 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. 25(1), 94-106. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1661894 SIEC No: 20210272

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.