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Commentary on: Gardner K, Bickley H, Turnbull P, et al. The significance of site of cut in self-harm in young people. J Affect Dis 2020;266:603–9.
Implication for practice and research
Implications of self-cutting in young people are underestimated compared with other forms of self-harm.
Awareness about differences between sites of self-cutting may affect clinical management.
Self-harm is a public health issue associated with psychological distress and increased risk of suicide.1 Although self-injury by cutting has been confirmed to be the second most common typology of self-harm2 in young adults, associated with a high risk of repetition and the higher suicide risk, individuals are less likely to receive a psychological assessment or admission to hospital.3 The location of self-cutting …
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