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OBJECTIVE: To compare motives and premeditation between adolescent deliberate self-poisoners and self-cutters. METHOD: In a sample of 6,020 pupils aged 15 and 16 years who completed a self-report questionnaire, those who had deliberately cut themselves in the previous year (n = 220) were compared with those who had taken overdoses (n = 86). RESULTS: More adolescents who took overdoses than those who cut themselves said that they had wanted to die (66.7% versus 40.2%, chi2 = 14.94, p

Original publication




Journal article


J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry

Publication Date





80 - 87


Adolescent, Drug Overdose, England, Female, Humans, Impulsive Behavior, Male, Motivation, Psychology, Adolescent, Residence Characteristics, Risk Factors, Self-Injurious Behavior, Sex Factors, Suicide, Attempted