Self-Harm Among Teenagers
A new research study from Australia found that self-harm among teenagers rates as high as one in twelve individuals. Cutting and burning are two of the most common forms of self-harm, especially among teenagers. Self-harming is a behavior that can present itself from deep-rooted issues such as anxiety and depression. However, other factors such as heavy alcohol use, smoking, and marijuana use may contribute to the urge to self-harm. Additionally, teenage girls are more likely than boys to self-harm— and they are at greater risk of continuing the behavior as young adults.
For the most part, self-harming habits end before adulthood. However, the study also found that 10% of self-harm among teenagers will continue into their adult years.
“The figures showing that 90% have stopped by the time they reach their twenties should not seduce us into thinking that self-harm is just a phase that young people will grow out of,” said Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, a mental health charity in Australia.