Repeat Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents Referred to a Specialist Service

Graham Pluck, Martin Anderson, Sarah Armstrong, Marie Armstrong, Amulya Nadkarni

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Self-harming (e.g., self-cutting or self-poisoning, irrespective of suicidal intent) is common among young people. We studied 586 consecutive referrals (474 individuals) to a specialist self-harm service over five years. We found that young people who repeated self-harm, compared to those that did not, tended to have complex family and personal histories including mental illness, substance misuse, and child abuse. Although many factors are likely to interact, regression analyses revealed factors that act independently as predictors of repeat self-harm. These included being female, not having both biological parents as the main caregivers, and caregivers that appeared uncooperative. Other significant independent factors were multiple social agencies being involved, if the young person used more than one method of self-harm or abused alcohol.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)57-73
Número de páginas17
PublicaciónJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
EstadoPublicada - 2013
Publicado de forma externa


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