A recent study published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, has found that suicide rates among black children have nearly doubled over the last two decades. Whereas the suicide rates of white children has dropped. The study focused on children aged 5-11 in the US.
Liz Fields writes at Vice:
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The study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, highlights a surprising trend and “potential racial disparity that warrants attention,” researchers said of the the findings.
While overall suicide rates remained steady among 5-11 year-olds during the 19-year-study, conducted from 1993 to 2012, suicide rates among black children in this age group jumped from 1.36 to 2.54 per one million children, while white suicide rates in the group dropped from 1.14 to 0.77 per 1 million children, according to the study.
The researchers noted that for children aged between 5-11, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death.