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ERIC Number: EJ869723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescents: Comparison between Those Who Receive Help Following Self-Harm and Those Who Do Not
Ystgaard, Mette; Arensman, Ella; Hawton, Keith; Madge, Nicola; van Heeringen, Kees; Hewitt, Anthea; de Wilde, Erik Jan; De Leo, Diego; Fekete, Sandor
Journal of Adolescence, v32 n4 p875-891 Aug 2009
This international comparative study addresses differences between adolescents who engage in deliberate self-harm (DSH) and who receive help following the DSH episode versus those who do not. A standardized self-report questionnaire was completed by pupils aged 14-17 in Australia, Belgium, England, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Norway (n = 30 532). An act of DSH in the year prior to the study was reported by 1660 participants. Nearly half (48.4%) had not received any help following DSH, 32.8% had received help from their social network only and 18.8% from health services. Except for Hungary, cross-national comparisons revealed remarkably similar findings. Adolescents who had been in contact with health services following DSH reported more often a wish to die, lethal methods, alcohol/drug problems and DSH in the family compared to those who had not. However, those who received no help or help from their social network only were also heavily burdened. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Belgium; Hungary; Ireland; Netherlands; Norway