What to do when an adolescent self harms
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What to do when an adolescent self harms

Elaine Whotton A&E Sister Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

ELAINE WHOTTON addresses the topic of adolescents presenting to A&E departments following acts of deliberate self harm

Adolescence is a time of great change, physically, psychologically and socially (Knight and Rush 1998). Emerging sexuality, the strive for independence, and simply wanting to ‘fit in’ are all issues which make the adolescent years confusing and challenging.

Emergency Nurse. 10, 5, 12-16. doi: 10.7748/en2002.09.10.5.12.c1071

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