Year: 1983 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.140, no.7, (1983), p.867-872 SIEC No: 19832473

Recent research has differentiated several distinct classes of self-destructive behavior. This paper describes the clinical characteristics of “deliberate self-harm syndrome”. Analysis of 56 published case reports of self-harm revealed a typical pattern of onset in late adolescence, multiple recurrent episodes, low lethality, & harm deliberately inflicted upon the body. The authors propose that DSM-IV classify deliberate self-harm as a separate diagnostic syndrome. (DD)