Description: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2010), teenage mortality is a major public health issue because most of the deaths among teenagers are due to external causes that include, but are not limited to, accident, homicide, and suicide. The total number of preventable deaths among teens between the ages of 15 and 19 are reported within five-year periods by town or county.
Methodology: Rates per 100,000 teens are calculated as the number of preventable deaths of teens, divided by the total number of teens in this age group, then multiplied by 100,000. The total number of teens age 15 to 19 is estimated by applying the 1990 or 2000 Census proportions to the population estimates from the Connecticut Department of Public Health for those years. Rates for towns in which fewer than five teens died are not calculated because of the unreliability of calculations based on small numbers.
Connecticut Department of Public Health, published data, Table 2A (SFY 2000 through 2006); U.S. Census, Census 2000, Summary File 1, Table P12.
Connecticut Department of Public Health, unpublished data, SFYs 1997–2013; U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 Census, Summary File 1, Table P011 – Age; U.S. Census, 2000 Census, Summary File 1, Table P12 – Sex by Age, Total Population. http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=394598&dphNav_GID=1601
Child Trends Databank, Teen Homicide, Suicide and Firearm Deaths (2015): http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=teen-homicide-suicide-and-firearm-deaths
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morality Among Teenagers Aged 12 - 19 Years: United States, 1999 - 2006. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db37.pdf
NA = Not Applicable
LNE = Data less than 5 is suppressed
The number of teen deaths each year in most towns is too
small to calculate to obtain a valid rate each year. For events with
small numbers and for reasons of confidentiality, it it most important that rates be calculated using a five-year time period.