Many states had a significant increase in reported Choking Game cases (current and previous years) since the 2006 reporting.
California and Texas have the highest number of Choking Game cases. Followed closely by Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
North Carolina's number of reported Choking Game cases (see map of cases) has tripled since 2006 which places them 6th in highest number of cases to date.
Of the cases in North Carolina, 25% are female. (above the national average of 13%)
Texans reported 4 fatal Choking Game cases in 2006. By 2008, that number rose to 28.
* Statistical Information was complied from the Victim's Database data on 04/30/09. As that data is assumed incomplete by the under reporting of cases, these statistics are as accurate as possible.
How many kids per year die from this activity?
We do not know what the actual number of deaths because no public health agency is currently tracking them.
We do know from published CDC data that an estimated 800 to 1,000 kids between the ages of 10 to 19 die of strangulation every year. Most of these are recorded as suicides. We do no what percentage of these are actually accidents. Even if it was only 10 % that would be 80 to 100 kids a year in the US. It probably is much higher than 10%.
DB Foundation Choking Game Statistical Updates:
Studies of Choking Game Participation
There have been 5 studies of choking game participation by youth.
"Choking Game" Awareness and Participation Among 8th Graders --- Oregon, 2008 "This study represents the first systematic assessment at the state level for awareness of and participation in strangulation activities among youths. Results from the 2008 Oregon Healthy Teens survey indicated that nearly one third of 8th-grade students were aware of someone who participated in the choking game, and nearly 6% acknowledged trying it."
In 2006, the McKeon Educational Group surveyed 1,000 children in one school district (ages 10 to 14) and 53% of the boys admitted playing the choking game. When asked where they had learned of the game and where they had played, the number one answer for both was "at school" (Unpublished communication).
In 2009, the results of a choking game survey given to youth (9 to 18 years) in Ontario, Canada and Texas was published in the journal Injury Prevention. Of the 2504 youth who completed the survey, 68 % had heard of the choking game, 45 % knew someone who had played, 6.6% had participated themselves and 40% perceived no risk to playing the choking game.
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