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GUERREIRO, Diogo Frasquilho  and  SAMPAIO, Daniel. Deliberate self-harm in adolescents: A literature review with focus on Portuguese language research. Rev. Port. Sau. Pub. [online]. 2013, vol.31, n.2, pp.204-213. ISSN 0870-9025.

Deliberate self-harm in adolescents is a very relevant subject, that is associated with psychiatric disease and greater probability of future suicide. The main goal of this paper is to review the actual concepts, epidemiology and clinical aspects of this behaviour. Also we will try to systematize, focusing on the research in Portuguese language, what is the current data and conceptualization of this problem. Result point to a clear public health issue, the studies found show high prevalence in community or clinical samples. Research in Portuguese language still contributes modestly to clarify the issue, showing little consensus in nomenclature and definition.

Keywords : Deliberate self-harm; Suicide; Adolescence; Public health.

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