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Social Construction of Male Homosexuality and Related Suicide Problems...Males form about 80% of youth who commit suicide in the United States and Canada. From 1950 to 1990, however, there was a great increase in youth suicide (often noted in the media), but it is often not mentioned that males accounted for about 90% of the increase in youth suicide.Therefore, it could be said that investigating the issue of "representation" with respect to "The Homosexuality Factor in Youth Suicide Problems," and especially with respect to evaluating the likelihood that this factor also applies for actual suicides of youth, means to tackle to tackle the problem with a focus on males.
 

 
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 .
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