Author

Tao Lei

Date Approved

2017

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Megan K. Moore

Second Advisor

Brian Sellers

Abstract

The records for the cause of death of 3 8 adolescents who died near Detroit, MI in 2015 were examined from case files at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years were more prone to being victims of violence than natural death, with a peak in violent deaths during the month of April. The majority of adolescents in this sample were Black males (58%). The manner of death among the majority of adolescents was accidental (47%), however the cause of death was all in a violent manner. The cause of death reported for the majority of the adolescents were multiple injuries (37%), with gunshots being the second most common (29%). These findings demonstrate that the manner of death was mostly violent among accidental and homicide deaths of adolescents.

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