by Medindia Content Team on  April 14, 2006 at 8:39 PM Lifestyle News
Suicide rates affected by following “goth cult”
Children or teenagers fascinate by "goths" — a group fascinated by the darker side of human nature have higher incidence of self harm and suicide attempts.

University of Glasgow in Scotland researchers surveyed more than 1,258 young adults several times throughout their teen years. In the study, 53 percent of teens who said they were goths admitted to self-harm, and 47 percent said they had attempted suicide.

In the words of lead researcher Robert Young, "Although only fairly small numbers of young people identify as belonging to the goth subculture, rates of self-harm and attempted suicide are very high among this group. Self-harm" was defined as deliberately cutting, burning, hitting or poisoning oneself."

According to Dr. Michael van Beinum, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and adviser to the study," Mental health problems are common in young people, and there is evidence that they are on the increase. For some young people with mental health problems, a goth subculture may be attractive, as it may allow them to find a community within which it may be easier for their distress to be understood,"

Therefore if children and teens exhibit characters as being influenced by Goths special attention has to be taken of them.

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