Children Who Poison Themselves I. A Clinical Comparison with Psychiatric Controls
Taylor E A~~Stansfeld S A
50 schoolchildren, admitted as medical emergencies after poisoning themselves, were compared with 50 matched controls, resident in the same area of London, referred for psychiatric help for other reasons. The self-poisoners showed more psychiatric symptoms & more disturbed family relationships than did the psychiatric group; they were more likely to meet criteria for depressive disorder & to come from families showing little warmth.