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Deliberate self harm and suicide in adolescents


DSH and associated factors in adolescents in the general population

In partnership with Samaritans we undertook a school-based questionnaire survey to investigate deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideas in a large sample of 15 and 16 year olds. This was funded by the National Lottery Charities Board (now Community Fund). This study was conducted as part of the Child and Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) Study.


Other work on adolescents by the research team includes:

Hawton, K., Rodham, K. with Evans, E. (2006) By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Fortune, S. A., Hawton, K. (2005) Suicide and deliberate self-harm in children and adolescents. Current Paediatrics, 15, 575-580.

Speckens, A. E. M., Hawton, K. (2005) Social problem-solving in adolescents with suicidal behaviour: a systematic review. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 35, 365-387. doi: 10.1521/suli.2005.35.4.365

Evans, E., Hawton, K., Rodham, K., Deeks, J. (2005) The prevalence of suicidal phenomena in adolescents: a systematic review of population-based studies. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 35, 239-250.

Fortune, S., Hawton, K. (2005) Deliberate self-harm in children and adolescents: a research update. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 18, 401-406.

Hawton, K., James, A. (2005) Suicide and deliberate self harm in young people. BMJ, 330, 891-894

Hawton, K., Hall, S., Simkin, S., Bale, E., Bond, A., Codd, S., Stewart, A. (2003) Deliberate self-harm in adolescents: a study of characteristics and trends in Oxford, 1990-2000. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 44, 1191-1198

Houston, K., Hawton, K., Shepperd, R. (2001) Suicide in young people aged 15-24: a psychological autopsy study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 63, 159-170

Hawton, K., Fagg, J., Simkin, S., Bale, E., Bond, A. (2000) Deliberate self-harm in adolescents in Oxford, 1985-1995. Journal of Adolescence, 23, 47-55

Kingsbury, S., Hawton, K., Steinhardt, K., James, A. (1999) The psychological characteristics of adolescents who take overdoses: comparison with community and psychiatric controls. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 1125-1131

Hawton, K., Houston, K., Shepperd, R. (1999) Suicide in young people: a study of 174 cases, aged under 25 years, based on coroners' and medical records. British Journal of Psychiatry, 175, 1-6

Hawton, K., Kingsbury, S., Steinhardt, K., James, A., Fagg, J. (1999) Repetition of deliberate self-harm by adolescents: the role of psychological factors. Journal of Adolescence, 22, 369-378

Burgess, S., Hawton, K., Loveday, G. (1998) Adolescents who take overdoses: outcome in terms of changes in psychopathology and the adolescents' attitudes to their care and to their overdoses. Journal of Adolescence, 21, 209-18.

Hawton, K., Arensman, E., Wasserman, D., Hultn, A., Bille-Brahe, U., Bjerke, T., Crepet, P., Deisenhammer, E., Kerkhof, A., De Leo, D., Michel, K., Ostamo, A., Phillippe, A., Querejeta, I., Salander-Renberg, E., Schmidtke, A., Temesvry, B. (1998) The relationship between attempted suicide and suicide rates among young people in Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 52, 191-4.

Hawton, K. (1998) Why has suicide increased in young males? Crisis, 19, 119-24.

Hawton, K., Fagg, J., Simkin, S. (1996) Deliberate self-poisoning and self-injury in children and adolescents under 16 years of age in Oxford, 1976-1993. British Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 202-8.


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