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Repeat deliberate self-harm: A link with childhood sexual abuse?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The purpose of this study was to identify whether a past history of childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor for repeated Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH). The study was a 6-month prospective study of 178 patients responsible for 190 consecutive cases of DSH seen during a 3-month censoring period. Patients were identified by review of the in-patient and accident and emergency (A and E) records of all cases of DSH at the A and E department of a major teaching hospital. Patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse showed a marked clustering of four major risk factors for repeat DSH (unemployment, past deliberate self-poisoning, self-injury and psychiatric illness) and were significantly more likely to repeat DSH within the 6-month follow-up period.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Publisher


Citation


  • Yeo, H. M., & Yeo, W. W. (1993). Repeat deliberate self-harm: A link with childhood sexual abuse?. Archives of Emergency Medicine, 10(3), 161-166. doi:10.1136/emj.10.3.161

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0027164424

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 166

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • The purpose of this study was to identify whether a past history of childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor for repeated Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH). The study was a 6-month prospective study of 178 patients responsible for 190 consecutive cases of DSH seen during a 3-month censoring period. Patients were identified by review of the in-patient and accident and emergency (A and E) records of all cases of DSH at the A and E department of a major teaching hospital. Patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse showed a marked clustering of four major risk factors for repeat DSH (unemployment, past deliberate self-poisoning, self-injury and psychiatric illness) and were significantly more likely to repeat DSH within the 6-month follow-up period.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Publisher


Citation


  • Yeo, H. M., & Yeo, W. W. (1993). Repeat deliberate self-harm: A link with childhood sexual abuse?. Archives of Emergency Medicine, 10(3), 161-166. doi:10.1136/emj.10.3.161

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0027164424

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 166

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 3