Friday, September 17, 2010

Young Black women self-harm more but get less help

Young Black women in the U.K. are significantly more likely to harm themselves than people from other ethnic groups but slightly less likely to receive specialist psychiatric assessment and access to follow-up services. Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Oxford studied 14,997 people who attended emergency departments in Derby, Oxford and Manchester after having harmed themselves. They found that the rate of self-harm among young Black women in Manchester was 10. 3 per 1,000 compared to 6.6 per 1,000 in the White population. The rates of self-harm were not significantly higher among young Black men. The young Black women were slightly less likely to receive a specialist psychiatric assessment after self-harming than White ones.

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