Learning from suicide deaths in Harris County, Texas

Annalyn S. DeMello, Yijiong Yang, Joann Schulte, Dwayne A. Wolf, John B. Holcomb, Bethany Bless, Kaeleigh DeMeter, Charles E. Wade, Stacy A. Drake

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Abstract

This study examined individual and community demographic characteristics surrounding suicides in one of the most populous counties in the United States. We paired medical examiner records with U.S. Census data and analyzed them using geospatial software. The majority of decedents were non-Hispanic, white males who died primarily of gunshot wounds. Salient age characteristics included interpersonal violence and depression among ages younger than 40. Despite lower incomes and education levels, areas with higher population density and racial/ethnic minorities had fewer suicides. Additional research should address depression among males and the elderly, interpersonal violence, firearm access, and culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDeath Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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    DeMello, A. S., Yang, Y., Schulte, J., Wolf, D. A., Holcomb, J. B., Bless, B., DeMeter, K., Wade, C. E., & Drake, S. A. (Accepted/In press). Learning from suicide deaths in Harris County, Texas. Death Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1776790