• Accidental deaths;
  • drowning;
  • motor vehicle crash;
  • gunshot wounds;
  • occupational injuries


To review the primary causes of unintentional deaths in young adult males and suggest strate-gies for educating young men about reducing risks for accidental death.

Data Sources

Selected scientific literature and Internet sources.


Unintentional deaths are the fifth leading cause of death in all age groups, after heart dis-ease, cancer, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Accidental death is the leading cause of death in males 1 to 44 years of age. Motor vehicle crashes, drowning, gunshot wounds, and occupational fatalities are among the leading injuries that contribute to the unanticipated death of the young adult male.

Implications for Practice

The ability to make sound decisions is a devel-opmental process that is not achieved until later in adolescence or early adulthood. Nurse practitioners must assess the adolescent devel-opmentally to provide appropriate guidance and assistance with behavior change.