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Often overlooked: Young women, poverty, and self-harm

McManus, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2711-0819 (2020). Often overlooked: Young women, poverty, and self-harm. London, UK: Agenda.


• Young women (16 – 34) living in the most deprived households are five times more likely to self-harm, compared with those in the least.

• One in five women with severe money problems has self-harmed in the past year.

• Those seriously behind on payments or who have had utilities disconnected three times more likely to have self-harmed, than those who haven’t.

As a result of these findings, we’re calling for the conversation about young women’s mental health to be widened to include the impact poverty and disadvantage has on young women’s mental health.

Publication Type: Report
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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