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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2009 Aug;39(4):364-75. doi: 10.1521/suli.2009.39.4.364.

Predicting deliberate self-harm in adolescents: a six month prospective study.

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Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland. ro2@stir.ac.uk

Abstract

Few studies have investigated the extent to which psychosocial/psychological factors are associated with the prediction of deliberate self-harm (DSH) among adolescents. In this study, 737 pupils aged 15-16 years completed a lifestyle and coping survey at time one and 500 were followed up six months later. Six point two percent of the respondents (n = 31) reported an act of DSH between Time 1 and Time 2. In multivariate analyses, worries about sexual orientation, history of sexual abuse, family DSH, anxiety, and self-esteem were associated with repeat DSH during the course of the study, but history of sexual abuse was the only factor predictive of first-time DSH. The findings suggest that school-based programs focused on how young people cope with psychosocial stressors may offer promise.

PMID:
19792978
DOI:
10.1521/suli.2009.39.4.364
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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