We thank the Dunedin study members; Dunedin Unit Director, Dr Richie Poulton; Study founder, Dr. Phil Silva; and all interview and administrative staff involved in the self-harm and mental health assessments and in the overall conduct of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. We also thank Air New Zealand for its support. Assistance relating to analysis of the mental health data was kindly provided by Ms. HonaLee Harrington. Helpful comments on earlier drafts were provided by Prof. Sarah Romans and Prof. John Langley. The self-harm research was funded by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand (Grant 98/148) and a research fellowship from the Community Trust of Otago to the second author. Grant 98/148 was made to the Injury Prevention Research Unit, which is supported by the HRC and the Accident Compensation Corporation. The mental health research was funded by the U. S. National Institute of Mental Health (Grants MH45070 and MH49414) and the UK Medical Research Council.
Minor Self-Harm and Psychiatric Disorder: A Population-Based Study
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
2004 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 187–196, Summer 2004
How to Cite
Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S. and Moffitt, T. E. (2004), Minor Self-Harm and Psychiatric Disorder: A Population-Based Study. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 34: 187–196. doi: 10.1521/suli.18.104.22.168790
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: December 9, 2002; Revision Accepted: October 10, 2003
Little is known about the extent to which minor self-harm in the general population is associated with psychiatric disorder. A population-based sample of 980 young adults was interviewed independently about past-year suicidal and self-harm behavior and thoughts, and psychiatric disorders. Self-harm included self-harmful behaviors such as self-battery as well as traditional methods of suicide (ICD [International Classification of Diseases] self-harm). All with ICD self-harm and most with other self-harmful behavior met the criteria for DSM-IV disorder. Suicidal/self-harmful thoughts increased the odds for self-harm, even in men without psychiatric disorder (odds ratio 4.9, 95% confidence interval 1.3 – 17.9). Young adults engaging in even minor self-harm warrant screening for psychiatric disorder.