New Hampshire

Please be sure to read the data notes & limitations page. This explains many aspects of these comments, including how only changes over time can be discussed as statistically significant, and why the comparisons with national rates discuss data for selected subgroups.

Overview of Findings

Findings for New Hampshire included a decrease in overall mortality and an increase in motor vehicle mortality.  Because baseline data were not available for most objectives, change in most areas could not be evaluated.

Overall, New Hampshire rates were better or very similar to national rates for the objectives. New Hampshire compared favorably to the national rates for overall mortality, motor vehicle mortality, riding with a driver who had been drinking, and physical fighting. New Hampshire rates were similar or just slightly worse for safety belt use, suicide attempts requiring medical attention, sexual experience, current sexual activity, condom use, and tobacco use.

Highlights of Findings by Objective

Jump To: Mortality; Unintentional Injury; Violence; Substance Use and Mental Health; Reproductive Health; Chronic Disease Prevention

Mortality

The rate of overall mortality in New Hampshire decreased from baseline for younger and older adolescents and for young adults. In 2007, young adult males had about twice the rate of females.

Comparison with national data. As in New Hampshire, national mortality rates decreased for younger and older adolescents. However, national rates increased among young adults, in contrast to a decline for that group in New Hampshire. In 2007, New Hampshire mortality rates were lower than national rates, with an especially large state-national difference among older adolescents. The national gender pattern roughly matched the pattern noted in New Hampshire.

Unintentional Injury

(motor vehicle crashes, safety belt use, & riding with a driver who has been drinking alcohol)

Please note the data for safety belt use are presented as “not wearing safety belt,” the inverse of the objective. This text describes safety belt use.

Adolescent mortality in New Hampshire due to motor vehicle crashes decreased slightly from baseline. Rates for all subgroups were based on fewer than 20 deaths; thus were unsuitable for analyses.

Comparison with national data. National motor vehicle crash mortality was flat from baseline, compared to a small decrease in New Hampshire. In 2007, the overall rate for New Hampshire was somewhat lower than the national rate.

Females in New Hampshire had higher rates of safety belt use than males in 2009.

Comparison with national data. The overall rate of safety belt use in New Hampshire in 2009 was lower than the national rate. The national gender pattern matched the pattern noted for New Hampshire.

In 2009, New Hampshire rates of riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol were slightly higher for females than males.

Comparison with national data. In 2009, the New Hampshire rate of riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol was lower than the national rate. Nationally, males and females had matching rates, in contrast to higher rates for females in New Hampshire.

Violence

(homicide, physical fighting)

Homicide rates were based on fewer than 20 deaths, thus were unsuitable for analyses.

New Hampshire males had a higher rate of physical fighting than females in 2009.

Comparison with national data. The overall rate of physical fighting in 2009 in New Hampshire was lower than the national rate. The national gender pattern matched the pattern noted for New Hampshire.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

(binge drinking, marijuana use, suicide, suicide attempts requiring medical attention)

 

In 2009, rates of binge drinking in New Hampshire were roughly equal for males and females.

Comparison with national data. The national gender patterns matched the pattern noted in New Hampshire.

 

Rates of marijuana use in New Hampshire were higher among males than females in 2009.

Comparison with national data. Nationally, males also had higher rates of marijuana use than females.

 

Suicide rates were based on fewer than 20 deaths, thus were unsuitable for analyses.

In 2009, males and females in New Hampshire had matching rates of suicide attempts requiring medical attention.

Comparison with national data. In 2009, the New Hampshire rate of suicide attempts requiring medical attention in 2009 roughly matched the national rate. Nationally, females had a slightly higher rate than males, in contrast to matching rates in New Hampshire.

 

Reproductive Health

(sexual inexperience, no current sexual activity, condom use)

Please note, for the first two objectives, the text and tables present findings about adolescents who are sexually experienced and currently sexually active, the inverse of the actual objective. For the third objective, the table presents findings for lack of condom use, the inverse of the objective. The text describes condom use. (See Data Notes & Limitations).

In 2009, males and females in New Hampshire had matching rates of having engaged in sexual intercourse.

Comparison with national data. The overall rate of sexually experienced adolescents in New Hampshire matched the national rate in 2009. As in New Hampshire, males and females had matching rates nationally.

The rate of sexually experienced adolescents in New Hampshire reporting current sexual activity was higher among females than males.

Comparison with national data. The overall rate of currently sexually active adolescents in New Hampshire was just slightly higher than the national rate. As in New Hampshire, females had a higher rate than males nationally.

Rates of adolescent condom use in New Hampshire were higher among males than females.

Comparison with national data. The rate of condom use in New Hampshire in 2009 was lower than the national rate. As in New Hampshire, males had a higher rate than females nationally.

Chronic Disease Prevention

(tobacco use)

The 2009 rate of tobacco use in New Hampshire was higher among males than females.

Comparison with national data. The rate of tobacco use in New Hampshire in 2009 was slightly higher than the national rate. As in New Hampshire, males had a higher rate than females nationally.

Additional data may be available at: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/HSDM/default.htm