Cutting to cope - a modern adolescent phenomenon

Hall, B. and Place, Maurice (2010) Cutting to cope - a modern adolescent phenomenon. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36 (5). pp. 623-629. ISSN 0305-1862

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01095.x

Abstract

Background The frequency of young people cutting themselves appears to be increasing, with one review estimating the current prevalence across the UK to be between 1 in 12 and 1 in 15.

Aim To identify factors that are associated with self-harm by cutting, and more especially coping strategies that if encouraged might reduce such behaviour.

Method Multivariate and exploratory factor analysis were used to analyse the results from a survey of the pupils attending four large comprehensive schools in the North of England where the frequency of cutting behaviour was causing concern.

Results Three factors were identified from the analysis – Social & Active Coping, Seeking External Solutions and Non-Productive Coping. The Social & Active Coping was the only factor that significantly correlated with non-cutting behaviour.

Conclusions The fostering of the elements that make up Social & Active Coping – namely working successfully and feeling a sense of achievement, together with positive friendship networks and positive diversions, including physical recreation, will help to minimize young people's sense of needing to cope by cutting themselves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coping behaviour, cutting, self-harm
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 10:28
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14177

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