Juvenile Suicides

A series of issues like the personal experiences and the stress can severely affect human behavior and in these terms, the criminal behaviour against juveniles could not be considered as having a particular cause. However, the weakness of juveniles to respond to the attack (psychological or physical) is regarded as a common reason for the development of criminal behavior against them. In the case of suicide, it is also this weakness of juveniles to respond to the pressure of particular difficulty.

2. Literature Review
The statistics involving criminal behavior against juveniles are indicative of the extension of the problem. More specifically, in accordance with a series of statistics published by the Youth Violence Research Bulletin (2004) ‘between 1981 and 1998, 20,775 juveniles ages 7–17 committed suicide in the United States—nearly as many as were homicide or cancer victims. males were the victims in 78% of these juvenile suicides. over the same period, the suicide rate for American Indian juveniles was far higher than for any other race’. It seems from the above figures that there is a relation between suicide and race. Conditions of living or work can be considered as potential reasons for the above differentiation. Towards the same direction, in a research made by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention it has been found that ‘a white juvenile between ages 7 and 17 was nearly 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide than to be murdered, while black youth were almost 7 times more likely to be murdered than to commit suicide’ (Youth Violence Research Bulletin, 2004). In the case of homicides, juveniles have also many chances to be attacked to death. More specifically, in accordance with the data presented in Figure 1 below the percentage of juveniles that were homicide victims was extremely high in 1994 while afterward it was gradually declined to reach in 2002 a relatively low level.