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Adolescent-Parent Communication in Self-Harm


Tulloch, AL and Blizzard, CL and Pinkus, Z, Adolescent-Parent Communication in Self-Harm, Journal of Adolescent Health, 21, (4) pp. 267-275. ISSN 1054-139X (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S1054-139X(97)00118-3


Purpose: To examine the association between communication with parents and self-harm in 14-19-year-old adolescents. Methods: A total of 36 female and 16 male adolescents presenting to the accident and emergency department of a general hospital; 52 hospital-based controls were interviewed and studied using the following scales: Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale, Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale, Adolescent-Family Inventory of Life Events and Changes Scale, Children's Depression Index, and Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale. Results: The absence of a family confidant was very strongly associated with adolescent self-harm. Despite controlling for a wide range of possible causal factors, poorer parent- adolescent communication remained strongly associated with self-harm. The effect of poorer communication on self-harm was strongest in the group with an internal locus of control. Conclusions: Impairment of communication between adolescents and their parents may be important in the origins of adolescent self-harm.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Tulloch, AL (Dr Andrew Tulloch)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, CL (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
ID Code:10823
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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