Recent surveys of some metropolitan areas in the United States have shown an increasing death rate as a result of violence among adolescents and young adults. In France, there has been no systematic research into the characteristics of homicide among youth and young adults. We have attempted from autopsy and police records to determine the incidence and the circumstances of homicides in the 15 to 29 age group, in Paris and its suburbs, during the past 3 years.
The main results are as follows:
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