Who is at Risk for Self-Injury?
An estimated two to three million people engage in self-abusive behavior – such as cutting and self-injury. In the United States, it’s estimated that one out of every 200 girls, between the ages of 13 and 19, cut themselves on a regular basis. According to the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/), approximately 666,000 annual ER visits are for self-inflicted injury. Unfortunately, the statistics are only increasing. With the advent of the Internet, teenagers who self-injure are finding support for this behavior in chat rooms, websites, and online communities. YouTube videos are also promoting cutting and self-injury.
Self-injury can occur in both boys and girls, though it’s more common in adolescent girls. This behavior is not limited to education, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religion. However, there are certain factors that put certain people at higher risk for self-injury. These include:
People with a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
People who have co-existing problems of substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or eating disorders.
Individuals who are raised in families that discouraged expression of anger.
Individuals who lack skills to express their emotions and lack a good social support network.
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