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Almost half of UK teenagers attracted to same or both sexes have self-harmed

Almost half of UK teenagers attracted to same or both sexes have self-harmed

11,000 teenagers were surveyed

A study has found that almost half (46%) of UK teenagers who identify as LGBTI have self-harmed.

The survey of 11,000 teenagers also found that nearly a quarter of 14-year-old girls (22%) have self-harmed.

Meanwhile, 9% of boys responded saying they have self-harmed in the last year

The newly-released figures are part of the Good Childhood Report, produced by The Children’s Society. They cited homophobic bullying and gender expectations as reasons for the results.

The charity thus estimates that 110,000 children aged 14 (76,000 girls and 33,000 boys) have self-harmed in the last year.

According to the NSPCC, common reasons for self-harming among teenagers include depression, pressure at school and emotional abuse.

The study also found that children attracted to the same or both genders are more likely to have depression and be unhappy with their life.

Grieving, bullying and relationship problems with family and friends are also common reasons, reports the BBC.

‘A stark picture’

Richard Crellin, from The Children’s Society told GSN: ‘The findings from our report paint a stark picture.’

He furthermore added: ‘We are calling for issues like appearance, gender stereotypes and sexuality to be included in the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum due to be introduced in all schools in September 2020′.

‘Deeply worrying’

Chief Executive of The Children’s Society Matthew Reed, said: ‘It is deeply worrying that so many children are unhappy to the extent that they are self-harming.’

He furthermore added: ‘Worries about how they 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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