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"Goth" youths more likely to self-harm: study
yahooo ^ | 4/17/06 | staff

Posted on 04/17/2006 7:12:11 PM PDT by pissant

LONDON (Reuters) - Young people who adopt the "Goth" lifestyle of dark clothes and introspective music are more likely to commit self-harm or attempt suicide than other youngsters, according to a study on Friday.

"Although only fairly small numbers of young people identify themselves as belonging to the Goth subculture, rates of self-harm and attempted suicide are very high among this group," said Robert Young, lead researcher of the Glasgow University study.

The Scottish team described Goths as being a subgenre of Punk "with a dark and sinister aesthetic, with aficionados conspicuous by their range of distinctive clothing and makeup and tastes in music."

Shock rockers such as Marilyn Manson are said to be popular amongst Goths and the subculture has often attracted suspicion and criticism from the media.

Two U.S. students who massacred 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 were said to have been fascinated by the Goth image.

The Glasgow researchers studied of 1,258 young people who were quizzed at the ages of 11, 13, 15 and 19 about self harm and their links to various youth cultures.

In the UK, the rate of self harm among young people is between 7-14 percent.

Although other subcultures were associated with self harm, such as Punk, the link was strongest with Goths.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that 53 percent of those who were linked to the Goth subculture reported self-harm and 47 percent had attempted suicide.

Even adjusting for other factors, such as alcohol abuse and previous depression, Goth identification was the strongest predictor of self harm or suicide attempts, the report said.

"One common suggestion is they may be copying subcultural icons or peers," Young said.

"But since our study found that more reported self-harm before, rather than after, becoming a Goth, this suggests that young people with a tendency to self-harm are attracted to the Goth subculture."

Michael van Beinum, a child-and-adolescent psychiatrist, said the Goth subculture might be attractive to young people with mental health problems, allowing them to find a community where their distress might be more easily understood.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: disorders; duh; dylansux; goodriddance; goth; mentalillness; satanic; satanists; unsaved
Who woulda thunk it...


1 posted on 04/17/2006 7:12:13 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

High School Athletes More Likely to Get Exercise Than Shutins


2 posted on 04/17/2006 7:16:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: pissant

I had a punk/goth friend who carved her name into her leg with her fingernail, deep, like chunks of flesh, while in a mental institute. I've had a punk friend jump off a bridge to his death because he felt he couldn't deal with life any more. I wasn't even 16 before either one of those. Bodily harm is not exactly a funny topic.


3 posted on 04/17/2006 7:16:49 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: nickcarraway

ROFL. Astute alternate headline.


4 posted on 04/17/2006 7:18:55 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Study: Water is wet.


5 posted on 04/17/2006 7:19:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: RedBeaconNY

No, it's not. Either is suicide. But I encourage it amongst communists and leftists.


6 posted on 04/17/2006 7:20:00 PM PDT by pissant
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To: dfwgator

Somebody oughta come up with the definitive list of most worthless studies. ;o)


7 posted on 04/17/2006 7:21:07 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

See, leftists are a dying breed. Their abortion and gay parade is a self-eliminating plague; throw in suicides every time they lose an election and they'll be gone within the next 20 years!


8 posted on 04/17/2006 7:22:29 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: pissant
They're also more likely to write bad poetry about dead roses (I sat through a few of those in my 10th grade creative writing class).
9 posted on 04/17/2006 7:23:17 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: RedBeaconNY

Let's pray you are correct. But the leftist propaganda machine is alive and well in most school, library, and civic institutions.


10 posted on 04/17/2006 7:23:59 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Or if they become successful musicians, to tediously whine like the guy in the Cure.


11 posted on 04/17/2006 7:25:29 PM PDT by pissant
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To: MadIvan

You'll want to see this.


12 posted on 04/17/2006 7:25:39 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: pissant
...the optimist in me meets the realist in you...

I found a site from 12/99 on the Y2K scare! Lookie Here

13 posted on 04/17/2006 7:26:34 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: RedBeaconNY

LOL. I'm pretty optimistic, but they will only go down kicking and screaming.

BTW, I loved the Y2K hysteria. I got lots of overtime hours soothing stupid people willing to pay for consultants. LOL


14 posted on 04/17/2006 7:28:27 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

With 06/06/06 coming up, it looks like you may have another hysteria (singular hysterium?) coming your way!


15 posted on 04/17/2006 7:30:11 PM PDT by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: RedBeaconNY

I can only hope. :o)


16 posted on 04/17/2006 7:32:12 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

On the positive side, blood, chocolate, and grass stains are easier to hide on black clothing ;-)

Love the eye make up!


17 posted on 04/17/2006 7:40:11 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (I care for my pets better than Vincente Fox cares for his own citizens)
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To: pissant

Lacrosse players more likely to be rich white boys.


18 posted on 04/17/2006 7:43:32 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist)
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To: pissant

...and the downside to this is... ?


19 posted on 04/17/2006 7:50:24 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: RedBeaconNY
With 06/06/06 coming up, it looks like you may have another hysteria (singular hysterium?) coming your way!

Thanks for the reminder. I foresee terrible poetry in many blogs...
20 posted on 04/17/2006 7:55:03 PM PDT by hypocritter
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To: pissant

In other news, a 5 years government study has determined that sunlight isvery bright.


21 posted on 04/17/2006 7:56:06 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: pissant

Captain Obvious rides again!


22 posted on 04/17/2006 8:41:58 PM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

It's either a bearded lady or the world's ugliest male.


23 posted on 04/18/2006 6:51:49 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Oztrich Boy

And black strippers more likely to play race card.


24 posted on 04/18/2006 6:52:21 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Publius6961

None.


25 posted on 04/18/2006 6:52:34 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Dead Corpse; A Balrog of Morgoth

Alright, I get the point!


26 posted on 04/18/2006 6:53:25 AM PDT by pissant
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"Goth subculture"

meet

"Jumbo Shrimp"

Dope and Wicca, great reason to self-mutilate.


27 posted on 04/18/2006 9:37:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: pissant

It attracts those who hate themselves....and see no joy in life. Depression? Part of it.

The rest, I don't know. Everyone Goth that I know has usually had a pretty sordid and sad life. It's a struggle sometimes.


28 posted on 04/18/2006 9:41:27 AM PDT by najida (They who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music.~Anonymouse)
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To: najida

True. And most often, it's incompetent (or worse) parenting that is the crux of the problem.


29 posted on 04/18/2006 9:45:05 AM PDT by pissant
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