Table 11 - American Youth Suicide Rates: 1950 to 1990
Increasing Youth Suicides: A 90% Male Problem
Age Range
(Years)
Suicide Rate
1950
[% Male]
Suicide Rate
1990
[% Male]
Suicide Rate
Increase
[% Male]
15 to 19
M - 3.5
F - 1.8
[66%]
M - 18.1
F - 3.70
[83%]
M: 14.6 ( 5.2X) 
F: 1.90 (2.1X)
[88.5%]
20 to 24
M - 9.3
F - 3.3
[73.8%]
M - 25.7
F - 4.10
[86.2%]
M: 16.4 (2.8X)
F: 0.8 (1.2X)
[95.3%]
15 to 24
M - 6.5
F - 2.6
[71.4%]
M - 22.0
F - 3.9
[84.9%]
M: 15.5 (3.4X)
F: 1.3 (1.5X)
[92.3%]
M = Males, F = Females, X = Suicide Rate Increase Multiple.
Suicide Rates: Deaths per 100,000 individuals per year.
Data Source: CDC (1994). Programs for the Prevention of Suicide Among Adolescents and Young Adults. MMWR 43(RR-6), 1-7. Internet Availability: - http://wonder.cdc.gov/wonder/prevguid/m0031525/entire.htm#Table_1 .