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COVID-19 Suicide among Adolescents and Youths during the Lockdown: An Exploratory Study based on Media Reports

Version 1 : Received: 30 August 2020 / Approved: 31 August 2020 / Online: 31 August 2020 (05:43:25 CEST)

How to cite: Manzar, M.D.; Albougami, A.; Usman, N.; Mamun, M.A. COVID-19 Suicide among Adolescents and Youths during the Lockdown: An Exploratory Study based on Media Reports. Preprints 2020, 2020080709 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0709.v1). Manzar, M.D.; Albougami, A.; Usman, N.; Mamun, M.A. COVID-19 Suicide among Adolescents and Youths during the Lockdown: An Exploratory Study based on Media Reports. Preprints 2020, 2020080709 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0709.v1).

Abstract

Background: The incidences of COVID-19 related suicide among adolescents and youths have been reported across the world. There is no cumulative study focusing on nature, patterns, and causative factors that lead to the present investigation. Methods: A purposive sampling of google news between 15 February to 6 July was performed. After excluding duplicate reports, the final list comprised a total of 37-suicide cases across 11 countries. Results: More male suicides were reported (21-cases, i.e., 56.76%), and the mean age of the total victims was 16.6±2.7 years (out of a total of 29-cases). About two-thirds of the suicides were from three countries named India (11-cases), United Kingdom (8-cases), and the USA (6-cases). Out of 23-student victims, 14 were school-going students. Hanging was the most common suicide method accounting in 51.4% of cases. The most common suicide causalities were related to mental sufferings such as depression, loneliness, psychological distress, etc., whereas either online schooling or overwhelming academic distress was placed as the second most risk factors followed by TikTok addiction-related psychological distress, and tested with COVID-19. Conclusion: The finding of the temporal distribution of suicides concerning lockdowns may help in exploring and evolving public measures to prevent/decrease pandemic-related suicides in young people.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; lockdown; psychological impacts; self-harm; suicide; COVID-19 suicide; teenage suicide; adolescent suicide; youth suicide; press reporting suicide

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