Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
LYRA, Sílvia M. Kawata; GOLDBERG, Tamara and IYDA, Massako. Adolescent mortality in an urban area of Southeastern Brazil, 1984-1993. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.30, n.6, pp.587-591. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101996000600013.
Mortality among adolescents resident in the municipal district of Botucatu, State of S. Paulo, Brazil, according to age group (10 to 14 and 15 to 19 years), sex, occupation and cause of death, during the period from 1984 to 1993, was analysed. The mortality data were obtained from death certificates and the population estimates were based upon census figures. There was great variation in the mortality rates of the years studied. The mortality was greater among the males of the older age group (15 to 19 years), including both students and workers. There was predominance of external causes of mortality which suggests the need for further studies its determining factors. The data indicate that health programs targeted at regarding adolescents, their families and community should be developed since these are avoidable causes of death.
Keywords : Mortality; Adolescence; Cause of death.