Year: 2009 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.39, no.4, (August 2009), p.353-363 SIEC No: 20090869

Findings from the first national survey on juvenile suicide in confinement are provided, including the extent & distribution of juvenile suicides as well as descriptive data on demographic characteristics of each victim, incident, & juvenile facility which sustained the suicide. Among the significant findings were that suicides were evenly distributed, namely, the same number of deaths occurred within the first few days in confinement as occurred over many months of confinement; most deaths occurred during traditional waking hours; a strong association between room confinement & suicide was found, & no relationship between intoxication & suicide was found. Prevention resources were found to be particularly lacking in juvenile detention centers that experienced suicides. (30 refs.)