Year: 1981 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, v.20, no.3, (1981), p.545-565 SIEC No: 19821077

Suicidal behavior in young people is investigated using an epidemiological approach comparing different age groups. Recognizing probable biases in suicide statistics, researchers conclude that suicide rated in those under 15 have remained very low and secular changes in the adolescent rate may stem from a “cohort” rather than age-specific effect. Various etiological models for suicide and possible protective factors which may explain low rate among children are considered. (KM)