Deliberate self-harm behaviour in Swedish adolescent girls reports from public assessment and treatment agencies
2008 (English)In: Child and Youth Care Forum, ISSN 1053-1890, Vol. 37, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Self-harming behaviour among adolescents, and particularly adolescent girls, has evoked much public attention. This article presents a Swedish study about what information assessment and treatment agencies have about self-harming behaviour in the form of cutting and burning in adolescent girls. The study was made on assignment by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. All public agencies assessing or treating adolescents with psychological problems in three Swedish cities were asked to deliver information about self-harming behaviour in the form of self-cutting or self-burning in girls between 13 and 18 years of age. In addition, the young offender institutions within the National Board of Institutional Care treating teenager girls were asked to deliver information about self-harming behaviour in their clients. We found that about 1% of the total population of girls in these ages were known to have cut or burnt themselves and about one third of the girls in the institutions. Attempts to distinguish subgroups among the girls were only partly successful. Although some subgroups could be identified, the overlap between them was large. The conclusion was that this behaviour may be seen as an expression of a wide variety of problems in a heterogeneous group of young persons. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 37, no 1
Adolescent girls, Classification, Reports from treatment agencies, Self-harm
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46944DOI: 10.1007/s10566-007-9044-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46944DiVA: diva2:267840