Great Britain: children attracted to those of same gender are twice as likely to self-harm

07 November 2018

Almost a quarter (22%) of girls aged 14 have self-harmed in the past year, according to a new report by The Children’s Society.

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That compares with just under one in 10 (9.2%) of boys.

The charity estimates that nearly 110,000 children aged 14 may have self-harmed across the UK during the same 12-month period.

The figures were particularly high among 14-year-olds who said they were attracted to people of the same gender or both genders: almost half (46%) said they had self-harmed, and 30% had low wellbeing, compared with 11% of all children.

The startling statistics are part of the society’s annual Good childhood report, which examines the state of children’s wellbeing in the UK.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: ‘Worries about how [children] look are a big issue, especially for girls, but this report shows other factors, such as how they feel about their sexuality and gender stereotypes, may be linked to their unhappiness.’


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