Year: 2014 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.(2011).45:749-755. SIEC No: 20140321

While increasing age, female gender, a history of trauma and a diagnosis of depression are well known as risk factors for self-harm, this study confirms that family factors, in particular living with a step parent, significantly add to the risk. Child and adolescent services should be aware of the increased risk of self-harm in young people with mental health problems who live in blended families.