Child suicide in the north of Portugal.

Abstract

Suicide in children is a rare finding and is probably motivated by acts of impulsiveness. This study aims to contribute to the characterization of child suicide in a forensic perspective in the Portuguese population. Data of forensic autopsies from 2004 to 2012 related to suicide victims under 18 years were reviewed. A total of 17 cases, with a male predominance (64.7%) and a mean age of 15.24 ± 1.348 for both genders, were registered. The leading suicide method was hanging (35.3%), and a suicide note was found in 41.2%. Psychological autopsy proved to be useful in promoting a better understanding of these incidents and their antecedents. This study also offers useful information, namely the implied risk factors, for future programs of suicide research and prevention.

DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12685

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@article{Mendes2015ChildSI, title={Child suicide in the north of Portugal.}, author={Ricardo Mendes and Sara Ramos B Santos and Francisco Ant{\'o}nio Taveira and Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira and Agostinho J C Santos and Teresa Magalh{\~a}es}, journal={Journal of forensic sciences}, year={2015}, volume={60 2}, pages={471-5} }