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Buzz Feed: "Nonsuicidal self-harm" common among teens; as high as 31% for girls

July 9, 2018, Buzz Feed News: 1 In 4 Teenage Girls Self-Harm, According To A New Survey Of US High School Students Nonsuicidal self-injury is a relatively common behavior among adolescents in the US, but rates are higher for certain groups, according to a new study. Nearly 18% of teens in the US reported harming themselves at least once during the previous year, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Portland in Oregon, published in the American Journal of Public Health. The rates of self-harm are as high as 31% for teenage girls in some parts of the country…. Researchers used data from the 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System to estimate the prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescents ages 14–18. They looked at responses from 64,671 public high school students from 11 states…. Self-injury is associated with negative health outcomes, including suicide. "The prevalence of self-harm behaviors is shocking, quite frankly, and it seems to me that it rises to the level of a public health problem that requires a set of public health solutions," McRee said….

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