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Citation

Mendes R, Santos S, Taveira F, Dinis-Oliveira RJ, Santos A, Magalhães T. J. Forensic Sci. 2014; 60(2): 471-475.

Affiliation

National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, North Branch, Jardim Carrilho Videira, Porto, Portugal; College of Health Technology of Porto, Rua Valente Perfeito 322, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2014, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/1556-4029.12685

PMID

25639286

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.


Language: en

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