Deliberate self-harm in adolescents: Comparison between those who receive help following self-harm and those who do not

Mette Ystgaard, Ella Arensman, Keith Hawton, Nicola Madge, Kees van Heeringen, Anthea Hewitt, Erik Jan de Wilde, Diego De Leo, Sandor Fekete

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Abstract

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 standardised 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-891
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Community survey
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Health service
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Ystgaard, M., Arensman, E., Hawton, K., Madge, N., van Heeringen, K., Hewitt, A., Jan de Wilde, E., De Leo, D., & Fekete, S. (2009). Deliberate self-harm in adolescents: Comparison between those who receive help following self-harm and those who do not. Journal of Adolescence, 32(4), 875-891. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.10.010