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Child health
Location of self-cutting provides useful information about potentially affecting clinical management
  1. Ilaria Baruffaldi
  1. Paula Carr Diabetes Centre, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ilaria Baruffaldi, Paula Carr Diabetes Centre, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone ME16 9QQ, UK; ilaria.baruffaldi{at}

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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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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.