We thank Tom Schroeder, MS, Cathy Irish, MS, and other staff of the Division of Hazard and Injury Data Systems, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, for collecting these National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program data. We would also like to thank those that run the ASADS, including Dave Hopkins, Joyce Grant-Worley, and Jennifer Woodward, Oregon Public Health Department, Center for Health Statistics, and all of the hospital emergency departments in Oregon.
Nonfatal and Fatal Self-Harm Injuries Among Children Aged 10–14 Years—United States and Oregon, 2001–2003
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
2007 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 493–506, October 2007
How to Cite
Vajani, M., Annest, J. L., Crosby, A. E., Alexander, J. D. and Millet, L. M. (2007), Nonfatal and Fatal Self-Harm Injuries Among Children Aged 10–14 Years—United States and Oregon, 2001–2003. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 37: 493–506. doi: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.5.493
The findings and conclusions in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: April 13, 2006 Revision Accepted: December 30, 2006
Fatal and nonfatal injuries due to suicidal behavior among younger adolescents are of growing concern for many communities. We examined the incidence and patterns of these injuries among persons aged 10–14 years using three databases, two national and a third from Oregon. Suffocation and firearm gunshot were the leading external causes of suicide; poisoning and cutting/piercing were the leading causes of nonfatal self-harm injuries. The most common psychosocial factors associated with those treated in emergency departments for self-harm injuries were psychological conditions; drug/alcohol involvement; and adverse circumstances, including family discord, school problems, and physical/sexual abuse. Analysis of population-based data from these databases are part of the public health approach and can help direct much needed research and prevention efforts that address self-harming behavior in these younger adolescents.