Adolescents Who Self Harm: A Comparison of Those Who go To Hospital and Those Who Do Not

K Hawton, K Rodham, E Evans, L Harriss

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Background: Deliberate self harm (DSH) by adolescents is a major problem at both hospital and community levels although little is known about the factors associated with hospital presentation. Method: Using a community survey a comparison was undertaken of adolescents in 41 schools who reported DSH and presented to hospital with those who reported DSH but did not attend hospital. Results: While hospital presentation following DSH was associated with several factors, multivariate analysis indicated that the most important were method of DSH (overdose, methods other than self-cutting and multiple methods) and help-seeking before the act. Conclusions: The few differences between adolescents who present to hospital following DSH and those who do not, other than in method of DSH and prior help-seeking, highlight the need for primary preventive initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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