Goth subculture, depression & self-harm

The association between goth subculture identification,
depression, and self-harm

Depression and self-harm are major public health concerns in teenagers, with at least 10% of teenagers in developed countries reporting self-harm by the age of 16 years.1–3 The rates of emotional problems in adolescence might also be increasing.4 Many factors could be associated with emotional problems in this age group, including subculture identification.5 In The Lancet Psychiatry, Lucy Bowes and colleagues6 used data from a UK community-based birth cohort (the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children [ALSPAC])to investigate whether the emergence of depression and self-harm at 18 years is associated with self-identification as a goth at the age of 15 years (3964 individuals included in analysis).


Janet de Vries

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