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Papeles de población

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GONZALEZ CERVERA, Alfonso S.  e  CARDENAS, Rosario. Homicides in population under five years of age in Mexico, 1992-2001. Pap. poblac [online]. 2004, vol.10, n.40, pp.247-274. ISSN 2448-7147.

The main goal of this study was to analyze the information available on homicides of children younger than five years of age in Mexico. Mexican databases on mortality of the last ten years, referring to the time of initiating the study, were used (1992-2001). Results indicate that the homicide rate in the childhood decreased by 38 percent during the analyzed period; even so, the infanticide rate in 2001 (3.81 per 100 000) and the homicide rate in children aged 1 to 4 years (1.37 per 100 000) are among the highest, when compared to the ones of western countries, except the United States; invariably, homicides of boys were more frequent than the ones girl (the ratio boys/ girls was 1.13 in 2001). Standing out is the fact that, throughout the period, at least 45 percent of all homicides of children of 0 to 4 years were registered in Mexico State.

Palavras-chave : homicide; infanticide; neonaticide; violence; mortality; Mexico.

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