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Nearly 15% Of Latina Teens Attempt Suicide, Says Study

04/01/2011 01:48 pm ET | Updated Aug 04, 2011

An alarmingly high number of Latina teens in New York have tried to commit suicide, and city officials want to know why.

"It's a startling problem," said Julissa Ferraras, head of the City Council Committee on Women's Issues, which is holding a hearing on the issue Monday.

Nearly 15% of Hispanic teens surveyed in 2009 attempted suicide in the previous year - compared with 10% of all city high school girls, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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