Title

Demographic Differences In the Type of Firearm and Location of Bodily Injury In Firearm Suicide Decedents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-16-2022

School

Psychology

Abstract

This study describes the type of firearm used and location of bodily injury among demographic subgroups of suicide decedents. Data on those who died by suicide via firearm from the National Violent Death Reporting System (N = 117,126) between the years 2003–2018 was utilized. A series of five logistic regression analyses examining the age of decedent, type of firearm, location of wound site, loaded vs. unloaded firearms, and locked vs. unlocked storage, using predictors including gender, race, who owns the firearm and age were performed. Findings have important public health implications. Increasing safe storage or removing the specific types of firearms one is likely to use in their death from the home during a time of crisis may decrease risk of suicide.

Publication Title

Death Studies

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