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Br J Psychiatry. 1996 Jan;168(1):38-42.

Correlates and short-term course of self-poisoning in adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Manchester.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The features of adolescents who had taken an overdose were assessed to determine the focus for a treatment trial.

METHOD:

Overdose cases were compared with psychiatric and community controls who had not taken an overdose in respect of mental disorders and family background.

RESULTS:

Overdose cases had high rates of major depression, but most of them recovered from depression within six weeks of the overdose. There was a specific association between taking an overdose and family dysfunction.

CONCLUSIONS:

Family dysfunction could be a useful focus in a clinical trial of the aftercare of adolescents who have taken an overdose.

PMID:
8770426
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