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Self-harm in adolescents

  • Alison Wood

Self-harm in adolescents is common and is increasing. It can present to professionals as a symptom of major mental health disturbance or it can form part of a cultural ‘norm’. This article reviews current knowledge about self-harm in 12- to 18-year-olds. Definitions of self-harming behaviour, epidemiological and aetiological factors, risk assessment and management of self-harming in various settings are discussed in terms of pragmatic clinical approaches and evidence-based practice.

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Dr Alison Wood, Pine Lodge Young People's Centre, 79 Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AW, UK. Email:
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For a commentary on this article, see pp. 442–443, this issue.

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