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Table 1 Decedent characteristics by race/ethnicity and manner of death, United States, 2003-2005

From: Race/ethnicity and potential suicide misclassification: window on a minority suicide paradox?

   White Black Hispanic
Characteristic Suicide (n = 80,235) Undetermined* (n = 10,962) Suicide (n = 5,707) Undetermined* (n = 1,856) Suicide (n = 6,276) Undetermined* (n = 910)
Male 79.2% 61.0% 82.0% 69.2% 84.5% 72.1%
Age (years)       
  15-34 25.1% 27.2% 49.0% 23.8% 50.9% 41.9%
  35-54 43.2 57.2 35.9 62.3 34.4 46.6
  55-74 21.4 11.6 11.7 11.5 11.0 8.7
  75+ 10.3 4.0 3.4 2.4 3.8 2.9
Education (years)       
  0-8 4.0% 4.0% 3.8% 4.7% 18.9% 16.8%
  9-12 55.0 60.7 59.9 68.7 58.0 58.1
  13+ 36.1 28.8 27.2 18.2 19.1 15.9
  unknown 4.9 6.5 9.1 8.5 4.0 9.0
Psychiatric Documentation       
  none 93.0% 97.2% 96.8% 98.8% 97.3% 97.8%
Mode of Injury       
  less active** 22.3% 92.9% 19.0% 92.5% 16.6% 85.2%
  1. * Injury of undetermined intent.
  2. ** Deaths classified under ICD-10 X60-69, X71, X75-77, X79, X81-84, Y10-19, Y21, Y25-27, Y29, and Y31-34. Residual injury deaths were classified as more active.