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. 2017 Sep 29;11:53.
doi: 10.1186/s13034-017-0190-3. eCollection 2017.

Suicidal Deaths in Elementary School Students in Korea

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Suicidal Deaths in Elementary School Students in Korea

Minha Hong et al. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. .
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Background: The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics of childhood suicidal deaths among elementary school students that occurred from 2011 to 2015 in Korea.

Methods: The report form of each suicide case by the teacher in charge to the Education Ministry was reviewed retrospectively.

Results: There were 19 suicidal deaths (12 boys, 7 girls) in elementary school students. The youngest case was a third grader (n = 1). Jumping from heights (n = 12) was the most frequently used method. Most suicides (n = 12) were committed in their homes.

Conclusion: These results highlight the alarming trend of early suicidal deaths and the importance of early suicide prevention strategies, especially in schools.

Keywords: Characteristics; Childhood; Death; Suicide.


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Suicide methods (n)
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Suicide site

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