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Title: Self-harm and suicidal behaviors in Hong Kong adolescents : prevalence and psychosocial correlates
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Keywords: Adolescent
Adolescent behavior
Cognition
Prevalence
Psychology
Self-injurious behavior
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: The scientific world journal, 2012, v. 2012, 932540, p. 1-14 How to cite?
Journal: The scientific world journal 
Abstract: The present paper examined the prevalence and psychosocial correlates of adolescent deliberate self-harm (DSH) and suicidal behavior in a representative sample of 3,328 secondary school students in Hong Kong. With reference to the previous year, 32.7 of the students reported at least one form of DSH, 13.7 of the respondents had suicide thoughts, 4.9 devised specific suicidal plans, and 4.7 had actually attempted suicide. Adolescent girls had significantly higher rates of DSH and suicidal behavior than did adolescent boys. Having remarried parents was related to an increased likelihood of DSH and suicide. While high levels of family functioning, overall positive youth development, and academic and school performance predicted low rates of DSH and suicidal behavior, cognitive and behavioral competencies were unexpectedly found to be positively associated with DSH and suicidal behavior. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6071
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/2012/932540
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Daniel T. L. Shek and Lu Yu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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