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MEDICAL RESEARCH STUDIES
January 15, 2010 (Accessed Jan 15, 2010)
"This study represents the first
systematic assessment at the state level for awareness of and participation in strangulationactivities 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."
SAGE Journals Online, Clinical Pediatrics.
July 13, 2009 (Accessed Dec 01,
"Sixty-five videos of the asphyxiation game were identified. Most (90%) participants were male. A variety of techniques
were used. Hypoxic seizures were witnessed in 55% of videos, but occurred in 88% of videos that employed the “sleeper hold” technique.
The videos were collectively viewed 173550 times on YouTube.
Conclusions: YouTube has enabled millions of young people to watch
videos of the “choking game” and other dangerous activities. Seeing videos may normalize the behavior among adolescents. Increased
awareness of this activity may prevent some youths from participating and potentially harming themselves or others."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
Report (MMWR), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 15, 2008 (Accessed Feb, 15, 2008)
CDC officials urged parents
to be aware the fad exists, and to watch for possible warningsigns like bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck, frequent and severe headaches,
disorientation after spending time alone, and ropes, scarves or belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the
floor. The authors acknowledged that 82 is probably an undercount.
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Reports 11% of youth played the
choking game, increasing to 14% of females and 19% of those over 17 years of age.
study taken in Canada and Texas Middle/High schools reports: 45% knew somebody who played it, and 6.6% had tried it, 93.9% of those
with someone else. Forty percent of children perceived no risk.
Julie L. McClave, MDa, Patricia J. Russell, MDb, Anne Lyren, MD, MScc,d, Mary
Ann O'Riordan, MSe, Nancy E. Bass, MDf
"Close to one third of physicians surveyed were unaware of the choking game, a potentially life-threatening
activity practiced by adolescents. Despite acknowledging that the choking game should be included in adolescent anticipatory guidance,
few physicians reported actually discussing it. To provide better care for their adolescent patients, pediatricians and family practitioners
should be knowledgable about risky behaviors encountered by their patients, including the choking game, and provide timely guidance
about its dangers. "
Daryl A Lynch, MD Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Mercy
Endorsed by the Missouri American Academy of Pediatrics and the MidWest Chapter of Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, M.D., FCAP, FAAP (Chief Medical Examiner of New Hampshire & Pediatrician)
Preteenagers Today; iParenting
The Guidance Channel Online
Julie Rosenbluth, MPH,
CHES American Council For Drug Education
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