Juvenile Murders and Suicides: A Comparison of Characteristics

Howard N. Snyder, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Monica H. Swahn, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

ABSTRACT
Any proposed explanation of the recent trends in juvenile violence should consider both interpersonal and self-directed violence. To support this work, a descriptive study of juvenile homicide and suicide characeristics and trends will be presented. Using mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics (CDC), the demographic characteristics of homicide and suicide victims and the use of weapons in these violence incidents will be presented for the period from 1981 through 1998. Comparisons and differences between these two types of juvenile violence (homicide and suicide) will be highlighted. Implications for the development of explanations of recent juvenile violence trends will be discussed.

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