Year: 2015 Source: Archives of Suicide Research.(2015).19(3):285-304. DOI:10.1080/13811118.2014.996694 SIEC No: 20150368

The objective of this study was to provide a review of studies on suicide in children aged 14 years and younger. Articles were identified through a systematic search of Scopus, MEDLINE, and PsychINFO. Key words were Òchildren, suicide, psychological autopsy, and case-study.Ó Additional articles were identified through manual search of reference lists and discussion with colleagues. Fifteen published articles were identified, 8 psychological autopsy studies (PA), and 7 retrospective case-study series. Suicide incidence and gender asymmetry increases with age. Hanging is the most frequent method. Lower rates of psychopathology are evident among child suicides compared to adolescents. Previous suicide attempts were an important risk factor. Children were less likely to consume alcohol prior to suicide. ParentÐchild conflicts were the most common precipitant.