Saturday, July 27, 2013

CDC Finds Youth Homicide Reached 30-Year Low in 2010

CDC Finds Youth Homicide Reached 30-Year Low in 2010
Youth walking by graffiti.
The homicide rate for youth, ages 10 to 24, in the U.S. reached a 30-year low in 2010, according to a new CDC report released today. The report also shows that the promising decline in youth homicide rates has slowed in recent years, particularly for groups at high-risk for violence.
Youth violence takes a tremendous toll on young people. Even with the progress that has been made, homicide ranks in the top three leading causes of death for young Americans in this age group. It also results in an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs each year.
Research Findings
  • Youth homicide resulted in over 4,800 deaths in 2010.
  • Youth homicide rates have varied widely since 1981 but showed a promising decline between 1994 and 2010.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, youth homicide rates declined, but the decline was slower than in previous years.
  • Recent declines in youth homicide rates from 2000 to 2010 have been slower for groups at high risk for homicide, including males and non-Hispanic black youth.
  • Recent declines from 2000 to 2010 have also been slower for firearm homicides than non-firearm homicides.
Focus on Prevention
These findings highlight the need for increased use of youth violence prevention strategies and continued work to stop youth violence before it first occurs. Primary prevention strategies for schools, families, and neighborhoods remain critical, particularly approaches that engage high-risk youth.
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