New Stats on Teen Deaths

Brad M. Griffin | May 7, 2010

While not many teens die each year in the U.S., recent research released in this data brief by the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the CDC) uncovers some of the dominant causes of teen deaths. You probably guessed itthe leading cause is car accidents. And guys are at higher risk than girls. More breakdown and interesting stats are below:

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries), homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease make up the five leading causes of death for teenagers. Accidents make up nearly half of all teen deaths.
  • Motor vehicle fatality is the leading cause of accident death among teenagers (73% of all accidents), representing over one-third of all deaths to teenagers. Interestingly, they do not distinguish in the report between accidents involving teen drivers and those involving adult drivers.
  • Non-Hispanic black teenage males have the highest death rate compared with Hispanic and non-Hispanic white males and females.
  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic black male teenagers, with more than two of every five deaths due to homicide.
  • Male teenagers are more likely to die than female teenagers at every single year of age from 12 to 19 years.
  • Older teenagers are at higher risk of dying than younger teenagers.
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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