PORTLAND, Ore., June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new study from the University of Portlandreleased today in the American Journal of Public Health, this year 1 in 4 high school girls will deliberately injure themselves by methods as extreme as cutting themselves or burning their own skin.
The study, the first of its kind to
The study can be read here: https://tinyurl.com/ybrxk68b
Among the patterns the study revealed was that the behavior was more commonly reported among 14-year olds and diminished with age. Rates were higher among students identifying as Native American, Hispanic, or Whites than they were among those identifying as Asian or Black.
Consistent with other studies, adolescents were more likely to report deliberate self-injury if they noted being sad or thinking about or attempting suicide. Drug and alcohol use were also associated with self-injury, as was fighting, being electronically bullied, or having experienced forced sex.
The findings are timely, as public concern with adolescent mental health has grown. Additionally, though deliberate self-injury is different than suicide, persons who self-injure are also more likely to consider and attempt suicide.
The authors argue that self-injury among adolescents is so widespread that clinical and therapeutic interventions may be insufficient to address this public health problem. Since many other health risk behaviors are associated with self-injury, efforts to address the problem should be incorporated into broader efforts to address mental health among children and adolescents.
Martin Monto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Portland, specializing in sexuality, gender, social psychology, and deviant behavior.
Nick McRee, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Portland, specializing in adolescent development, crime, and deviant behavior.
Frank Deryck, M.A. initiated this study as an undergraduate at the University of Portland. His research specializes in mental health, resilience, and recovery from traumatic life events.
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SOURCE University of Portland
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