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Self-injurious Behavior

The Child Advocate is devoted to children and the parents and professionals that work with them and advocate for them. Self-injurious behavior is a major problem for children and their families. Part of this information is presented with the permission of Amy Gedeon, Jill Flemming High and Shilpa Patel of The Penn State College of Medicine. The information presented at this site is for general use only and is not intended to provide personal advice or substitute for the advice of a qualified professional. If you have questions about the information presented here, please consult a physician, the resources listed or other professional in your area.

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Suicide and safety issues

Suicides among young people are a serious problem. Each year in the U.S., thousands of youth commit suicide.  In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and a major cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. More information and...

Self Mutilative Behavior

Understanding Self Mutilative Behavior  Jill Flemming High  Penn State College of Medicine  March 2005 Self Mutilative Behavior (SMB)  definition: -Deliberate damage to one’s own body tissue without suicidal intent -Part of the larger class of self-injurious behavior...

Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) in Adolescents

Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) in Adolescents: an Important Consideration as a Risk Factor for Suicide  Shilpa Patel Penn State College of Medicine March  2003   I.                   Epidemiology   Adolescent Suicide “Each year, 1 in 5 teens in the US seriously...

Skin-picking and Self-injurious Behavior

Skin-picking as a form of self-injurious behavior Amy Gedeon Penn State College of Medicine September 2002   Self-Mutilation Intentional infliction of bodily injury to oneself, without intent to die Three types Severe but infrequent – e.g. amputation; associated...

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