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Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

This informative resource provides guidance for professionals and parents caring for young people at risk of self-harm and suicide. The authors, who are well-known in the field, consider what research tells us about the increased prevalence of suicide and self-harm among adolescents, including what the possible risk factors may be. They evaluate research into screening for individuals who may be at-risk, and the effectiveness of aftercare treatment for those who self-harm. They describe how suicidal behaviour can be managed, and suicide prevented. They also draw useful connections between research into psychiatric disorders and childhood behavioural problems, and self harming in adolescence and adulthood. This thorough, practical and evidence-based book is essential reading for all those who are working to support children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicidal behaviour, including social workers, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, health visitors, GPs, nurses, teachers and parents.