Purpose: This study examined the patterns and characteristics of adolescent and young adult hospital discharges for alcohol and drug use, poisonings, and suicide attempts. Methods: This population-based retrospective study analyzed 2010 U.S. National Hospital Discharge Survey data. Discharges associated with alcohol and drug use, poisonings, and suicide attempts for 10-24 year olds were examined. Weighted population estimates were derived and Rao-Scott Chi square tests evaluated group differences. Results: Discharge rates per 10,000 adolescents and young adults for alcohol/drug use, poisonings, and suicide attempts were 54.1, 9.2, and 2.94 per 10,000 respectively. Conclusions: Self-harming behaviors result in a substantial number of hospital admissions, with seasonal, age and gender-related trends that could be valuable in developing targeted interventions and resource planning.
Barnard, Marie Ph.D. and Kelly, Michele Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
"Epidemiology of Adolescent and Young Adult Hospital Utilization for Alcohol and Drug Use, Poisoning, and Suicide Attempts in the United States,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol6/iss2/4