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Figures show more girls than boys self-harming
8:49am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
THERE is a much higher incidence of girls being treated for self-harming in hospital than boys, new figures have shown.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reports a much higher number of self-harm hospital cases among teenage girls than boys, and in contrast a higher number of cases among boys than girls resulting from assault.
In the year up to June 2013 there were 13,400 hospital cases where 15- to 19-year-old girls received treatment for an external cause of intentional self-harm. This compares to 4,000 cases among 15- to 19 year-old boys.
In contrast, hospitals recorded 2,400 cases where 15- to 19-year-old boys required treatment due to an external cause of assault by bodily force, compared to 420 cases among girls of the same age.