Most cited CAMH paper #23 of 25: Adolescents Who Self Harm: A Comparison of Those Who Go to Hospital and Those Who Do Not

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To celebrate the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal’s 25th anniversary, we have released the 25 top cited articles of all time*! All papers are freely available online for you to read.

Number 23 of 25 is…

Adolescents Who Self Harm: A Comparison of Those Who Go to Hospital and Those Who Do Not
Keith Hawton, Karen Rodham, Emma Evans, Louise Harriss
First Published: 16 January 2009

Key Practitioner Message

  • The majority of adolescents who self harm do not come to clinical attention
  • Adolescents who present to hospital after self harm may not differ greatly from those who do not go to hospital, except in the method used and whether they have sought help beforehand from family members
  • Effective methods of primary prevention need to be found, with school‐based approaches perhaps offering most potential

* as of December 2019

Watch the Jack Tizard Memorial Lecture from 2019 by Professor Keith Hawton ‘Self-harm in children and adolescents: a major health and social problem of our time’

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