Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

Synopsis

"This book provides guidance for professionals and parents caring for children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicide. Claudine Fox and Keith Hawton discuss risk factors for self-harm, including depression, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour, and critically examine key screening instruments that can be used to assess risk. They describe how suicidal behaviour can be managed and prevented, and look at the effectiveness of aftercare treatment for those who self-harm, including school-based suicide-prevention programs and family therapy. Also addressed are common myths about self-harm and the problem of varying definitions in this field. Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence clearly summarizes and evaluates current research into suicidal behaviour - it is essential reading for social workers, mental health professionals, GPs, teachers and parents." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Suicidal behaviour is increasingly found in young people. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death within this age group. Rates of attempted suicide are also usually found to be highest in people during the teenage years and twenties. It is not surprising therefore that suicide and attempted suicide as a field of research has grown in recent years. It is important for research to try and understand the causes and correlates of adolescent suicidal behaviour to enable more effective treatment interventions to be developed. Closer study of suicidal behaviour in young people will also aid in the identification of at-risk groups and better methods of prevention. In addition, it is important for research to address the stigma attached to suicidal behaviour in order to try to reduce the negative response that is generated. This in turn should facilitate discussion and the seeking of help and perhaps increase treatment compliance.

FOCUS is a child and adolescent mental health project that aims to promote effective, evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) through the dissemination of information. FOCUS produces evidence-based publications, which review the existing literature and critically appraise research in order to establish the quality of the research base with respect to different topic areas within CAMHS.

This book is written with this aim in mind, and as such begins by discussing general issues related to deliberate self-harm in adolescence, incorporating problems with definition and common myths associated with suicidal behaviour. It provides data on prevalence, discussing hospital data and data obtained from community-based samples. Chapter Three examines risk factors associated with suicidal behaviour utilizing critically appraised research papers in order to investigate whether there are links between depression, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour . . .

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