Table 1 Changes in black and white fatal injury rates and mortality gaps (males aged 15–24; USA; 1999 vs 2005)
CategoryWhiteBlackBlack/white difference†
19992005% changein rates19992005% changein rates19992005% changein difference‡
All injury82.587.97*148.5137.8−7*66.0*49.9*−24*
Unintentional, traffic36.737.7330.427.6−9*−6.3*−10.1*60*
Suicide, firearm10.88.6−20*10.46.9−34*−0.4−1.7*325
Homicide, firearm8.08.1177.877.4−169.8*69.3*−1
Suicide, suffocation4.26.248*2.63.223−1.7*−3.0*76
Unintentional, poisoning4.210.5150*2.72.4−11−1.5*−8.1*440*
Unintentional, drowning2.72.5−74.43.8−141.8*1.3*−28
Suicide, poisoning1.21.1−80.20.350−1.0*−0.8−20
Unintentional, fall1.21.1−80.60.3−50−0.6*−0.8*33
Homicide, cut/pierce1.11.427*4.24.573.1*3.1*0
Unintentional, firearm1.00.8−20*2.11.4−33*1.1*0.6*−45
Others11.49.9−1313.110.0−241.70.1−94
  • *p<0.05. †Difference  =  ((mortality of black youth) − (mortality of white youth))/100 000.

  • ‡Change in difference  =  ((difference in 2005) – (difference in 1999))/(difference in 1999).