Violence and Mortality

Nearly 1.5 million adolescents die each year because of potentially preventable causes, such as suicide, injuries (motor vehicle accidents, wars), homicide, drug abuse, and others (18). Violence is the factor behind 75% of deaths in those aged 15 to 24 years (3,82,83,89). In the United States, for example, three-fourths of deaths among those aged 10 to 24 years are from four causes: motor vehicle accidents (30%), other unintentional injuries (10%), homicides (10%), and suicides (13%) (90-97). The second and third leading causes of death in American males aged 15 to 19 years are suicide and homicide, while they are the third and fourth leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-old females. Homicide is the third leading cause of death in American youth aged 10 to 14, and suicide is the fourth for this age cohort in America.

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