The prevalence of deliberate self-harm behavior and its association with sociodemographic features in patients referred to secondary care psychiatric clinic for adolescents and young adults
Gülhazar Saçarçelik, Ahmet Türkcan, Hülya Güveli, Dilek Yeşilbaş
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Object: In this study, the prevalence of deliberate self-harm behavior and its association with sociodemographic features in patients referred to secondary care psychiatric clinic of adolescents and young adults was researched.

Methods: Overall 300 patients, who successively referred to the secondary care clinic for adolescents and young adults in Bakırköy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery throughout a month were evaluated by using a sociodemographic form, a deliberate self-harm and intent screening form, and those who were found to perform a deliberative self-harm, were assessed with a deliberative self-harm inventory.

Results: The ratio of deliberate self-harm in all patients participated in the study was 50% (n=150). Behavior of deliberate self-harm was found to be 56.8% (n=129) in girls and 28.8% (n=21) in boys, and the difference was significant. The most frequent deliberate self-harm type was taking high dose pill (73.3%) in girls and body cutting in boys (66.7%).

Discussion: In our study, in one of the two adolescents treated in psychiatry clinic, a deliberate self-harm behavior was observed and this was higher among girls than boys.
Keywords : Deliberate self-harm, adolescent, behavior
Dusunen Adam The Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences 2011;24:253-264
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