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September 17, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

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JAMA. 2014;312(11):1087. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12408

Mass job layoffs increase the risk of suicide among adolescent girls and black youths, according to a new study. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths and young adults aged 10 to 24 years, claiming 4600 lives annually, the authors noted.

Researchers analyzed data on adolescent suicide from 403 457 youths who participated in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 1997 to 2009. They explored responses to questions asking the youths whether, in the previous 12 months, they had seriously considered attempting suicide, made a plan for doing so, or actually attempted suicide. The researchers also examined Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on mass layoffs for each state and the District of Columbia.

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