Age patterns of suicide and homicide mortality rates in high-income nations
The authors, using aggregate data on 18 nations from 1955 to 1994, find that homicide and suicide rates in the U.S. and other high-income nations have risen, both in absolute terms and for younger relative to older age groups. Factors accounting for this increase may include decreased economic prospects among youth, a more pronounced effect of changes in work, marriage, divorce and fertility on youth, less public policy support for youth and a sense of isolation of youth from older age groups. Public policy efforts to reduce homicide and suicide rates should take these factors into account.
Pampel, F. C., & Williamson, J. B. (2001). Age patterns of suicide and homicide mortality rates in high-income nations. Social Forces, 80(1), 251-282.
Pampel, F. C., and J. B. Williamson. "Age Patterns of Suicide and Homicide Mortality Rates in High-Income Nations." Social Forces 80.1 (2001): 251-82.