A sign that something is wrong?: Young people talking about self-harm
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This briefing presents a summary of a qualitative research project which explored how self-harm was understood by a diverse group of 122 young people, mostly aged 13-16 years. 1 in 10 of those aged 14-16 report self-harm at some point in their life (O'Connor et al., 2009) and it is likely that the actual numbers of people who have self harmed in this age group is higher. Despite this, most qualitative research about self-harm and young people has focused on those aged 16 and over. This means that much of what is said about young people and self-harm is based on research with older people, or on the views of professionals who work with under-16s.