By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents

By Keith Hawton; Karen Rodham et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 2

Investigating Deliberate
Self-harm in Adolescents

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the practical issues that we addressed when we were planning and implementing our study to determine how common deliberate self-harm and thoughts of self-harm are in adolescents in the general population, and the factors that are associated with these phenomena. In conducting such a study, it is essential that the design and methods are thought through carefully in order to ensure that the findings will provide an accurate picture of the problem. As the reader will see, given the focus of this study, this is not a straightforward task. We therefore had to consider several issues when designing the study.

We explain the decision-making process that we engaged in as we decided how best to collect the information from the adolescents. Having chosen to use a questionnaire, we describe how the questionnaire was developed and tested. Finally, we explore the issue of consent, before explaining in some detail the process of implementing the questionnaire study in the school context.


Clinical versus community-based studies

Garrison (1989) raised concerns about how far the information concerning the prevalence of deliberate self-harm that had been obtained by focusing on clinical samples could be applied to the general population. For example, Hawton and colleagues (1996) found that as many as 70 per cent of deliberate self-harm patients admitted to hospital in Oxford who had previously self-harmed reported episodes that had not received medical attention. In

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