Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Suicide Rate of U.S., Caribbean Blacks Rivals That of Whites

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Suicide Rate of U.S., Caribbean Blacks Rivals That of Whites

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For the first time, epidemiologists say they can accurately estimate the prevalence of suicide attempts among African Americans and Caribbean Americans in the United States: It is 4.1%, which is higher than the 2%-3% reported in community surveys, and close to the 4.6% rate seen in the general population.

Using data from the National Survey of American Life to examine suicidality in blacks with ancestral ties to the continental U.S. states or to the Caribbean, the researchers found that suicide has increased precipitously among blacks in recent years (JAMA 2006;296:2112-23).

The survey, part of a National Institute of Mental Health project, involved a nationally representative sample of 3,570 African Americans and 1,621 Caribbean blacks who were interviewed extensively between 2001 and 2003.

Based on those data, the lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation among African Americans and Caribbean blacks is estimated to be 11.7%.

In addition, the prevalence of attempted suicide among those groups is estimated to be 4.1%, according to Sean Joe, Ph. …

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