Reasons for deliberate self-harm: comparison of self-poisoners and self-cutters in a community sample of adolescents.
Rodham K., Hawton K., Evans E.
OBJECTIVE: To compare motives and premeditation between adolescent deliberate self-poisoners and self-cutters. METHOD: In a sample of 6,020 pupils aged 15 and 16 years who completed a self-report questionnaire, those who had deliberately cut themselves in the previous year (n = 220) were compared with those who had taken overdoses (n = 86). RESULTS: More adolescents who took overdoses than those who cut themselves said that they had wanted to die (66.7% versus 40.2%, chi2 = 14.94, p