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'Goth' Youths At Risk For Suicide

Monday, 17 April 2006 12:00 AM

Young people who adopt the "Goth" lifestyle of dark clothes and introspective music are at an unusually high risk for suicide attempts and other self-destructive behavior, according to a study from Glasgow University in Scotland.

Dr. Robert Young and his colleagues studied of 1,258 young people, gathering information on links to various youth cultures, as well as self-harming behavior.

The study found that the average rate of self-harm among all young people was from 7 to 14 percent. But for teens who associated themselves with the Goth subculture, the rates from much higher.

Over half of this group reported self-harming behavior and 47 percent had attempted suicide.

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

"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."

The study appears in the British Medical Journal.

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