Violent deliberate self-harm amongst adolescent refugees

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2006 Sep;15(6):367-70. doi: 10.1007/s00787-006-0543-6. Epub 2006 May 5.


Investigation of frequency and characteristics of violent deliberate self-harm (DSH) amongst adolescents. Study was retrospective, over 3-year period, based on records of attendees at child and adolescent mental health clinics in North West London. Nine adolescents showed violent self-harm out of 982 DSH cases (frequency 0.92%). The nine cases included five female asylum seekers, who experienced war related events, were significantly more likely to have affective disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compared with the four males (none asylum seekers), who were significantly more likely to have conduct and substance misuse disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Refugees / psychology*
  • Refugees / statistics & numerical data*
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology*
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / psychology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence / psychology*
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*