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Study: Suicide Rates Among Young Black Boys Have Increased

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A new study reveals that there has been a significant increase in the number of young black boys committing suicide, Raw Story reports.

For the study,  the Research Institute of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, focused on children between the ages of 5 and 11. Researchers observed a statistically significant increase in the suicide rate among young black boys concurrent with a statistically significant decline in the rate among white boys. While the rate among black girls also rose, it was smaller and not statistically significant. The suicide rate for white girls remained stable.

The author attributes the significant difference in suicide rates among black boys and white boys to disproportionate exposure to violence, traumatic stress and early onset of puberty, among the other factors.

“We are currently working on a follow-up study of precipitants of suicide in pre-teen children that should shed light on the proportion of pre-teen suicide deaths that are reattempts,” Bridge told Medical Daily.

Read the full story at Raw Story.

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