Prevalence of deliberate self-harm in teenage Students in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico: 2003

Catalina Gonzalez-Forteza1, Margarita Alvarez-Ruiz1, Andres Saldana-Hernandez1, Silvia Carreno-Garcia1, Ana-Maria Chavez-Hernandez2, Rosaura Perez-Hernandez2
1Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico
2University of Guanajuato, Mexico
Cite this article:  Gonzalez-Forteza, C., Alvarez-Ruiz, M., Saldana-Hernandez, A., Carreno-Garcia, S., Chavez-Hernandez, A., & Perez-Hernandez, R. (2005). Prevalence of deliberate self-harm in teenage Students in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico: 2003. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 33, 777-792.

Volume 33 Issue 8 | e1436 | Published: December 2005 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2005.33.8.777

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The presence of deliberate self-harm (DSH) among adolescents in Guanajuato State in 2003 was identified by sex, age, educational attainment, and health jurisdiction and the characteristics were described by sex according to number of times, age of only/first/last DSH, motive, method, purpose, and death wish. The sample design was stratified, by stage and by conglomerates. A total of 2,530 students from high school affiliated to the University of Guanajuato participated. The results showed that 3.1% of males and 10.7% of females had engaged in at least 1 episode of DSH; age of first DSH was 13 in both males and females; and age at last DSH was 13 in males and 14 in females. The characteristics of the DSH were also described.


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