HOMICIDE, SUICIDE, MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH, AND FALL MORTALITY: UNITED STATES' EXPERIENCE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

U.S. mortality data on motor vehicle crashes, falls, suicide, and homicide for 1980 are compared with corresponding data for France, Japan, West Germany, and the United Kingdom. Unadjusted and age-specific death rates are presented, together with age-adjusted rates of years of life lost (YLL). A large male excess in rates is typical outside the fall category. Motor vehicle crashes are the predominant cause of YLL, and the United States manifests the highest YLL rates for each sex. U.S. fall death rates at the older ages are exceeded by those of France and West Germany. The elderly generally manifest the greatest risk of suicide; American females exhibit a unique rate decline after ages 45-54 years, however. Beyond early adulthood, U.S. suicide rates are lower than those of France, Japan, and West Germany. U.S. homicide rates dwarf those of the comparison countries with 16- to 29-fold differentials separating prime-risk American males aged 25-34 years from their foreign counterparts.

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    • Page range: pp 1396-1400.
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    American Public Health Association

    800 I Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001-3710
  • Authors:
    • Rockett, IRH
    • Smith, G S
  • Publication Date: 1989-10

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  • Accession Number: 00608582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 889
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM