What do young people who self-harm find helpful? A comparative study of young people with and without experience of being looked after in care: What do young people who self-harm find helpful?
Holland, Josephine; Sayal, Kapil; Berry, Alexandra; Sawyer, Chelsea; Majumder, Pallab; Vostanis, Panos; Armstrong, Marie; Harroe, Caroline; Clarke, David; Townsend, Ellen
CHELSEA SAWYER Chelsea.Sawyer@nottingham.ac.uk
DAVID CLARKE firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Psychology
Self‐harm amongst young people is an increasing problem, with looked‐after young people at higher risk. Despite this, little research exists on what young people who self‐harm find helpful.
One hundred and twenty‐six 11–21 year olds (53 who had experience of the care system and 73 who did not) were recruited from the community and NHS. All participants had self‐harmed in the past 6 months. Participants completed an Audio Computer‐Assisted Self‐interview (ACASI) regarding their views about the support they had received, how helpful it was, and what further help they felt they needed.
Looked‐after young people reported the three most helpful sources of support were Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), friends and pets and the least helpful were CAMHS, Accident and Emergency (A&E) and Social services. For non‐looked‐after young people, CAMHS, counselling and Harmless (user‐led support service for self‐harm) were most helpful and CAMHS, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and general practitioner (GP) were the least. Compared with the other group, more looked‐after young people had received help from A&E and CAMHS, whereas more non‐looked‐after young people had accessed GPs, parents, psychological therapies, self‐help books and websites. More looked‐after young people found support groups helpful, and more non‐looked‐after young people reported that distraction techniques, medication and their siblings were helpful.
Young people who self‐harm have mixed views about CAMHS. Differences in the pattern of access and preferences for support between looked‐after and non‐looked‐after young people should be reflected in service availability and commissioning.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Mar 20, 2020|
|Journal||Child and Adolescent Mental Health|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Holland, J., Sayal, K., Berry, A., Sawyer, C., Majumder, P., Vostanis, P., …Townsend, E. (2020). What do young people who self-harm find helpful? A comparative study of young people with and without experience of being looked after in care: What do young people who self-harm find helpful?. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12384|
|Keywords||Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health; Psychiatry and Mental health|
|Additional Information||This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Holland, J., Sayal, K., Berry, A., Sawyer, C., Majumder, P., Vostanis, P., Armstrong, M., Harroe, C., Clarke, D. and Townsend, E. (2020), What do young people who self‐harm find helpful? A comparative study of young people with and without experience of being looked after in care. Child Adolesc Ment Health, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12384. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.|
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