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Why Are Males Injured More than Females?


Udry, J. Richard (1998). Why Are Males Injured More than Females?. Injury Prevention, 4(2), 94-95. PMCID: PMC1730355


Everybody who works in the field of injuries knows that after infancy, and before old age, males engage in more behavior that exposes them to the risk of injury, experience more injuries, and die more frequently from injuries. For example, in the US, among 15 to 19 year olds, males are 2.5 times as likely as females to die of any unintentional injury, and about five times as likely to die of homicide or suicide. The sex difference is most pronounced in drowning, where males are more that 10 times as likely to die as females of the same age. No category of injury, and hardly any risk behavior fails to show the higher male rate. The same is true for all countries that keep such statistics.


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Injury Prevention


Udry, J. Richard