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Gap in suicide rates among teenage boys, girls quit: Study

Teenage killings have long shown differences between the sexes: Even though girls have been more likely to try suicide, the boys have died suicide at higher prices. However, this difference may be less.The suicide rate among both girls and boys aged 10-19 was on a downward trend during most 1990s until 2007, when they began to increase. But they rose at a higher rate among girls than boys, a new study has found.The authors of the Nationwide Children's Hospital study explained that the narrowing of the gap was related to changes in the suicide method. Although girls had been more likely to die with suicide from past poisoning, the studies showed that they had been moved to more lethal means, including choking and hanging."One of the potential contributors to this gender paradox is that men tend to use more violent agents, such as weapons or pendants," said Jeff Bridge, co-author of the study and director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide, in a press release. "This means that the gender difference in suicide decreases by hanging or suffocating, which we have found especially from a public health perspective."The researchers discovered the trend after looking at data on over 85,000 youth killings that occurred between 1Bridge emphasized the importance of parents talking to their children and noticing the signs of suicide and behavior."Parents must be aware of the warning signs of suicide, which includes a child who makes suicide declarations, is unhappy for a long time, withdraws…

Teenage killings have long shown differences between the sexes: Even though girls have been more likely to try suicide, the boys have died suicide at higher prices. However, this difference may be less.

The suicide rate among both girls and boys aged 10-19 was on a downward trend during most 1990s until 2007, when they began to increase. But they rose at a higher rate among girls than boys, a new study has found.

The authors of the Nationwide Children‘s Hospital study explained that the narrowing of the gap was related to changes in the suicide method. Although girls had been more likely to die with suicide from past poisoning, the studies showed that they had been moved to more lethal means, including choking and hanging.

“One of the potential contributors to this gender paradox is that men tend to use more violent agents, such as weapons or pendants,” said Jeff Bridge, co-author of the study and director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide, in a press release. “This means that the gender difference in suicide decreases by hanging or suffocating, which we have found especially from a public health perspective.”

The researchers discovered the trend after looking at data on over 85,000 youth killings that occurred between 1

Bridge emphasized the importance of parents talking to their children and noticing the signs of suicide and behavior.

“Parents must be aware of the warning signs of suicide, which includes a child who makes suicide declarations, is unhappy for a long time, withdraws from friends or school activities, or becomes increasingly aggressive or annoying,” Bridge said. “If parents observe these warning signs in their child, they should consider taking the child to a psychiatric healthcare professional.”

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Supply Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) where you will get in touch with a local crisis center.

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