Suicidal deaths in childhood and adolescence

Agritmus H., Yayci N., Colak B., Aksoy E.

FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol.142, no.1, pp.25-31, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier


Suicide has been reported as the second or third most common cause of death in children and adolescents worldwide. In this study, cases of under the age of 19 years submitted to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, First Specialization Board between 1996 and 2000 as suicides by the Board were evaluated retrospectively. The cases included in this study were the cases bearing locally questionable components, so had been submitted to the evaluations by the Board in order to eradicate the doubts. A total of 43 cases were investigated regarding age, gender, cause of death, manner of death, place. of death, time of death, and the risk factors.