Differences in the Risk of Suicide Among Native-Born and Non-Native Arizonans, 1985-1995


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Number of suicides per 100,000 population in specified groups per year from 1985-1990


Differences in the risk of suicide death among native born and non-native Arizonans, 1985-1995

Arizona residents born:
Age Group
in Arizona
Elsewhere
TOTAL
Elderly, 65 years or older

Total persons in 1990

Total suicides, 1985-1995

Average annual suicide rate


40,048

78

15.9


435,009

1,492

31.2


475,057

1,570

30.1

Persons 64 years or younger

Total persons in 1990

Total suicides, 1985-1995

Average annual suicide rate


1,205,308

1,667

12.6


1,972,484

4,435

20.5


3,177,792

6,102

17.5

Total, all age groups

Total persons in 1990

Total suicides, 1985-1995

Average annual suicide rate


1,245,356

1,745

12.8


2,407,493

5,927

22.4


3,652,849

7,672

19.1

The average annual suicide mortality rate in the 1985-1995 period was 1.75 times higher for non-native (22.4 per 100,000) than native born Arizonans (12.8 per 100,000). Non-natives were particularly overrepresented among elderly suicides (95 percent of suicides among Arizonans 65 years and older). The suicide rate for non-native elderly (31.2) was two times higher than the rate of 15.9 among their A rizona-born peers.

Interestingly, the rate of suicide deaths among Arizona-born elderly was not only lower than any of the unadjusted annual rates for Arizonans of all ages between 1985 and 1995, but lower than the national suicide rates among elderly 65 years and older.


This report is generated by:
Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D.
Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics

For more information contact:
Public Health Services
Office of Health Planning, Evaluation and Statistics
Arizona Center for Health Statistics

Phone: 602/542-7333; FAX: 602/542-1244


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