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Self-harm in primary school-aged children: Prospective cohort study

Rohan Borschmann, Lisa K Mundy, Louise Canterford, Margarita Moreno-Betancur, Paul A Moran, Nicholas B Allen, Russell M Viner, Louisa Degenhardt, Silja Kosola, Izabela Fedyszyn, George C Patton



INTRODUCTION: No prospective studies have examined the prevalence, antecedents or concurrent characteristics associated with self-harm in non-treatment-seeking primary school-aged children. METHODS: In this cohort study from Melbourne, Australia we assessed 1239 children annually from age 8-9 years (wave 1) to 11-12 years (wave 4) on a range of health, social, educational and family measures. Past-year self-harm was assessed at wave 4. We estimated the prevalence of self-harm and used multivariable logistic regression to examine associations with concurrent and antecedent factors. RESULTS: 28 participants (3% of the 1059 with self-harm data; 18 girls [3%], 10 boys [2%]) reported self-harm at..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a project grant from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; #1010018), the Australian Rotary Health and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. MCRI research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. RB is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (#1104644). LM is partially supported by a grant from the Invergowrie Foundation. GCP is supported by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship. LD is supported by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (#1135991) and NIDA NIH grant R01 DA04417002. PM is supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program. The funding sources had no further role in study design, in the collection, analysis or interpretation of data, in the writing of the report, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.