The "choking game": a new craze among Brazilian children and young people. Psychophysiological, behavioral and epidemiological characteristics of 'asphyxial games'

The "choking game": a new craze among Brazilian children and young people. Psychophysiological, behavioral and epidemiological characteristics of 'asphyxial games'

Author Guilheri, Juliana Google Scholar
Andronikof, Anne Google Scholar
Yazigi, Latife Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract The 'choking game' is a risk-taking behavior that has spread quickly among children and young people, causing dependence, accidents and even death, including in Brazil. These activities are performed in order to experience fleeting euphoric sensations, attracting numerous participants through the thousands of videos posted on YouTube. The problem of 'asphyxial games' can be observed in the Brazilian digital media, although there is a lack of scientific studies. Through a systematic review of the literature and complementary material, this paper aims to address the 'asphyxial games', warning about the psychophysiological and behavioral effects of these practices, while also presenting international epidemiological data. Sharing this information in academic circles is extremely important given the need to acquire more knowledge on the topic, train professionals and propose preventive measures that raise awareness among children and young people of the potential danger of voluntary fainting. It is equally important to raise awareness among parents and teachers so they can identify the warning signs that children may be engaging in these practices. And finally, it is also necessary to request government support to control exposure to videos that encourage the behavior.
Keywords Choking game
Asphyxial behaviors
Risk behaviors
Internet
Children and adolescents
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Rio De Janeiro
Language Portuguese
Date 2017
Published in Ciencia & Saude Coletiva. Rio De Janeiro, v. 22, n. 3, p. 867-878, 2017.
ISSN 1413-8123 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Abrasco
Extent 867-878
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232017223.14532016
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000396342200020
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/55044

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