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Self-harm and Attempted Suicide in Young People Looked After in State Care

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Cousins, Wendy, McGowan, Iain and Milner, Sharon (2008) Self-harm and Attempted Suicide in Young People Looked After in State Care. Journal of Children and Young People's Nursing, 2 (2). pp. 51-54. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.internurse.com/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.cgi?uid=28195;article=JCYPN_2_2_51_54

Abstract

Suicide rates in Northern Ireland have steadily increased over the last three decades leading to the recognition of suicide as a major public health issue in the region. Statistics relating to hospital admissions for self-harm in Northern Ireland indicate that the number of such admissions has increased by 9% since 2000. In 2006 the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy was launched with the strategic aim ‘to reduce the Northern Irelandsuicide rate, particularly among young people and those most at risk.’ However no specific mention is made of young people who live in state care. This paper uses social worker accounts to highlight the emotional and behavioural vulnerabilities as measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in a group of adolescents (n=165) who are ‘looked after’ away from home. It was found that 49.6% of the young people scored within the abnormal range of the SDQ Total Difficulties score and social worker reportedprevalence of suicidal behaviour (10.3%) and self-harm (12.7%) was high. It is argued that widespread special interventions need to be put in place for this especially vulnerable population.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Mental Health
ID Code:6563
Deposited By:Dr Wendy Cousins
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 14:59
Last Modified:23 Jun 2011 11:56

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