In the first study of its kind, Australian researchers followed about 2000 Victorian students from age 15 to see how many self-harmed during adolescence and into their 20s.
They found self-harm was most common among 15-year-olds, particularly girls and teenagers with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
…The group of young people involved in the study, run by Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and King’s College in London, were asked at regular intervals between 1992 and 2008 about whether they self-harmed. Eight per cent, or one in 12, reported self-harm from age 13 to 19, with 10 per cent of girls and 6 per cent of boys deliberately hurting themselves at least once.
link is to the herald sun article which is weirdly non-sensationalist, but does have the hilarious headline “self-harm linked to depression”. no! you shock me. anyway, I’ve felt for a while like the kinds of figures I’ve heard on prevalence of self-injury are way too low, so it’s good to know that’s not just coming from my own skewed perspective. (although obviously a skewed perspective is inevitable so what I should really be saying is that I’m not wrong about its prevalence within my demographic.)