chapter  6
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College Men’s Health

Information on the health and well-being of young adults in college is extremely limited (Park, Mulye, Adams, Brindis, & Irwin, 2006). Disease, injury, and death rates specifi cally for college students, for example, are unavailable. A general profi le of college men’s health can only be inferred from the risks for this approximate age group. As I discussed in Chapter 1, among 15-to 24-year-olds nationally, three of every four deaths each year are men. Fatal injuries and violent deaths (unintentional injuries, homicides, and suicides) account for 80% of all deaths among 15-to 24-year-olds, and four of fi ve people in this age group who die violent deaths are young men. Three young men die from unintentional injuries for every woman who dies. Among adolescents, boys are also more likely than girls to be hospitalized for injuries (see Chapter 2). Young men of this age are also at a greater risk than women for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Nearly all the deaths, diseases, and injuries in this age group are preventable.