5 November 2010
As many as one in every 100 Australians may self-injure, according to the findings of a national survey (Med J Aust 2010; 193: 506-10).
Researchers from the University of Queensland interviewed a random sample of 12,006 people, aged between 10 and 100 years, finding 1.1 per cent self-injured at least once in the 4 weeks before the interview. Of these, 41 per cent reported cutting, while 40 per cent had scratching injuries.
The average age when self-injury began was 17 years, while the oldest age was 44 years for men and 60 for women.
Those who self-injured were also more than 11 times more likely to think about suicide and almost nine times more likely to have attempted suicide.
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Last Reviewed: 05 November 2010