Abstract

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged adults with nearly 3,900 deaths in 2010 (CDC, 2015). With this in mind, suicide can be prevented when communities are provided with adequate support systems. Our research is focused on describing counties with crude rates of 20 or more suicides per 100,000 residents aged 18-24 in an effort to find trends in data such as population density, median household income, and ethnic/racial mix and to increase awareness. Understanding the environmental context associated with suicide risk will facilitate communication among healthcare providers, patients, and their families and contribute to prevention efforts. Our analysis will be focused on data comparisons. Through the CDC’s Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, we have accumulated data about deaths caused by suicide nationwide during the years 2004-2010. Using Social Explorer, a web-based platform that facilitates creation and customization of maps, our counties of interest are clearly marked providing a visual model of our data making geographic trends easily noticeable. Our current work also includes searching for trends in the socioeconomic data by comparing our counties of interest with randomly selected counties in corresponding states that have suicide rates below 20 per 100,000. This will be done to determine if there are disparities in the socioeconomic profiles of counties with very high rates of suicides with those counties with lower rates. Once this is completed, we will be able to more confidently make claims regarding common factors contributing to higher suicide rates in college-aged adults.

Modified Abstract

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged adults with nearly 3,900 deaths in 2010 (CDC, 2015). With this in mind, suicide can be prevented when communities are provided with adequate support systems. Our research is focused on describing counties with crude rates of 20 or more suicides per 100,000 residents aged 18-24 in an effort to find trends in data such as population density, median household income, and ethnic/racial mix and to compare these counties with those which have lower suicide rates. Understanding the environmental context associated with suicide risk will facilitate communication among healthcare providers, patients, and their families and contribute to prevention efforts.

Research Category

Nursing

Primary Author's Major

Nursing

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Barbara Drew

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

Research Area

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

Trends in Geographic Areas with High Suicide Rates of College-Aged Adults

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged adults with nearly 3,900 deaths in 2010 (CDC, 2015). With this in mind, suicide can be prevented when communities are provided with adequate support systems. Our research is focused on describing counties with crude rates of 20 or more suicides per 100,000 residents aged 18-24 in an effort to find trends in data such as population density, median household income, and ethnic/racial mix and to increase awareness. Understanding the environmental context associated with suicide risk will facilitate communication among healthcare providers, patients, and their families and contribute to prevention efforts. Our analysis will be focused on data comparisons. Through the CDC’s Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, we have accumulated data about deaths caused by suicide nationwide during the years 2004-2010. Using Social Explorer, a web-based platform that facilitates creation and customization of maps, our counties of interest are clearly marked providing a visual model of our data making geographic trends easily noticeable. Our current work also includes searching for trends in the socioeconomic data by comparing our counties of interest with randomly selected counties in corresponding states that have suicide rates below 20 per 100,000. This will be done to determine if there are disparities in the socioeconomic profiles of counties with very high rates of suicides with those counties with lower rates. Once this is completed, we will be able to more confidently make claims regarding common factors contributing to higher suicide rates in college-aged adults.