Chinese Journal of Medical History / Zhong Hua Yi Shi Za Zhi

[This article belongs to Volume - 53, Issue - 04]

Abstract : Child suicide is a complex phenomenon with multi-dimensional causes. This study aims to reveal the underlying factors within the specific context of Northern Morocco. By examining socio-economic, psychiatric, and somatic elements, the study aims to provide insights for targeted interventions. A retrospective analysis was conducted, categorizing children into suicide and non-suicide groups. Socio-demographic characteristics, educational levels, residence, school performance, financial difficulties, family problems, and psychological aspects were examined. Statistical analyses were employed to identify associations and trends. Among children who committed suicide, 54% were males. The average age was 15.82 years. Most victims were from rural areas (92%) and experienced academic failures (66%). Financial difficulties (38%) and family problems (42%) were significant factors. Psychological characteristics, including psychiatric disorders (32%), addiction to drugs (28%), and loneliness (60%), also played important roles. A notable finding was the association of video game addiction with suicide cases. The study identifies an interplay of factors influencing child suicide in Northern Morocco. Socio-economic inequalities, academic challenges, family problems, and psychological issues emerge as key drivers. The findings highlight the need for holistic approaches that address multiple dimensions to prevent child suicide effectively.