National income, life satisfaction, and male-female suicide ratio in industrialised countries.
|Age Range||Male||Female||Ratio M:F|
- Even for children between 5 and 14 years of age when suicides are low, males are more than 3 times as likely to kill themselves as females.
- For teens between 15 and 19 the ratio nearly doubles with males killing themselves 6 times as often as females.During the young adult years, 20-24, the ratio jumps again to over 7 times.
- In the adult years between 25 and 64, the male rate drops slightly and the female rate increases, but the ratio of male to female suicides is still more than 4 to 1.
- However, in the retirement years after age between 65 and 85, the ratio more than doubles with more than 9 men killing themselves for every woman.
- For the "old, old" over 85, the female rate drops slightly while the male rate increases dramatically. For those men who are fortunate to be alive after 85 fifteen times more men kill themselves than women.
- There seem to be a number of factors that may account for the increased rate as men age. Being socially isolated, divorced, or widowed are important risk factors for men.[v]