Self-harm on rise in U.S. among girls aged 10-14

Written by  Bianca Nogrady at Clinical Psychiatry News – Publish date: December 1, 2017

The rate of self-inflicted injuries has increased significantly among young girls since 2009, according to a study of emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries from 2001 to 2015.

In a research letter, Melissa C. Mercado, PhD, and her associates reached that conclusion based on data from 43,138 emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury among young people aged 10-24 years, which were captured by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System–All Injury Program (JAMA. 2017;318[19]:1931-3. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.13317).

From 2001 to 2008, the overall weighted, age-adjusted rate of self-inflicted injury showed no statistically significant trend upward or downward, reported Dr. Mercado of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, and her associates. Read more

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