The prevalence of self-reported deliberate self harm in Irish adolescents

Morey, Carolyn; Corcoran, Paul; Arensman, Ella; Perry, Ivan J.
January 2008
BMC Public Health;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p79
Academic Journal
Background: Deliberate self harm is major public health problem, in particular among young people. Although several studies have addressed the prevalence of deliberate self harm among young people in the community, little is known about the extent to which deliberate self harm comes to the attention of medical services, the self harm methods used and the underlying motives. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of deliberate self harm in adolescents and the methods, motives and help seeking behaviour associated with this behaviour. Methods: A cross-sectional survey using an anonymous self-report questionnaire was administered in 39 schools in the Southern area of the Health Service Executive, Ireland. Of the 4,583 adolescents aged 15-17 years who were invited to participate in the survey, 3,881 adolescents took part (response: 85%). Results: A lifetime history of DSH was reported by 9.1% (n = 333) of the adolescents. DSH was more common among females (13.9%) than males (4.3%). Self cutting (66.0%) and overdose (35.2%) were the most common DSH methods. A minority of participants accessed medical services after engaging in DSH (15.3%). Conclusion: DSH is a significant problem in Irish adolescents and the vast majority do not come to the attention of health services. Innovative solutions for prevention and intervention are required to tackle DSH in adolescents.


Related Articles

  • Intentional injury reported by young people in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kingdom of Tonga and Vanuatu. Smith, Ben J.; Phongsavan, Philayrath; Bampton, Dale; Peacocke, Genevieve; Gilmete, Mercedes; Havea, Drew; Chey, Tien; Bauman, Adrian E. // BMC Public Health;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p145 

    Background: Intentional injury presents a threat to the physical and psychological well being of young people, especially in developing countries, which carry the greatest part of the global injury burden. While the importance of this problem is recognized, there are limited population data in...

  • (REGIONAL ROUNDUP) Organizations Fund Programs in CO, NY, PA, WV.  // Community Health Funding Week;10/8/2010, p4 

    The article informs about various grants to be made by several organizations in various parts of the U.S. School-based health care initiative program of the Colorado Health Foundation provides grants of up to 20,000 dollar for development of a multi-year business plan in Colorado and up to...

  • Young adults' reluctance to seek help and use medications for mental distress. Biddle, Lucy; Gunnell, David; Donovan, Jenny; Sharp, Debbie // Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health;May2006, Vol. 60 Issue 5, p426 

    The article analyzes epidemiological data that indicates that young adults are a group least likely to ask for help when suffering from mental disorder. This is a public health concern considering the high rates of suicide and deliberate self harm among this age group. These data contribute a...

  • The epidemiology of Type 1 diabetes mellitus is not the same in young adults as in children Epidemiology of Type 1 diabetes in young adults. Kyvik, K. O.; Nystrom, L.; Gorus, F.; Songini, M.; Oestman, J.; Castell, C.; Green, A.; Guyrus, E.; Ionescu-Tirgoviste, C.; McKinney, P. A.; Michalkova, D.; Ostrauskas, R.; Raymond, N. T. // Diabetologia;Mar2004, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p377 

    Aims/hypothesis. This prospective study examined the epidemiology of Type 1 diabetes in young adults in Europe. Methods. We ascertained incident cases of Type 1 diabetes in the 15 to 29 years (both inclusive) age group throughout Europe over a period of 2 years. Diabetes registries in nine...

  • Young leaders in public health in Latin America and the Caribbean: insights from the eSAC Project. Cabieses, Baltica // Pan American Journal of Public Health;2014, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p279 

    In this article the author reflects on the success of the Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean (eSAC) project, the professional development program for young professionals in Latin America. Topics discussed include the aim of the project which include the...

  • Young people's opinions about herbal medicines in a suburban district of Central Uganda. Lawrence, David; Smith, Helen; Magala, Enoch; Cooper, Maxwell // International Health (1876-3413);Dec2014, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p337 

    Background Herbal medication is the most commonly used form of healthcare in Africa. However, little is known about its use by young Africans in the urban context. Methods This qualitative study explored opinions about herbal medicine and its uses among young people in the Wakiso district,...

  • CUTTING REMARKS ARE BEYOND BELIEF. Roberts, Yvonne // Community Care;8/5/2004, Issue 1534, p21 

    Reports on the increasing number of self-harm victims in Great Britain as of August 2004. Number of teenagers and young adults who turn to self-harming; Classification of self-harm; Attitudes of medical personnel towards self-harm victims; Factor that manifests the innermost conflicts in the...

  • in brief.  // Mental Health Practice;May2004, Vol. 7 Issue 8, p5 

    Presents news briefs related to mental health practice in Great Britain as of May 2004. Association of Mental Health Advocates' promotion of better quality advocacy services to influence policy and practice nationwide; Launch of the first inquiry into deliberate self-harm among young people;...

  • In brief.  // Nursing Standard;3/10/2004, Vol. 18 Issue 26, p9 

    Presents news concerning the healthcare industry in Great Britain as of March 2004. Errors in the distribution of drugs to patients; National inquiry for young people who deliberately self-harm; Consultation exercise into public health services.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics