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Results from a study conducted by Princeton and Cornell Universities shows that one in five students from those universities have deliberately cut, burned or tried some other method of hurting themselves in response to the stress that they feel as college students in a prestigious school.|
In an article published by the Burlington County (NJ) Times, the columnist stated that psychologists believe “the self-inflicted injuries are an extreme way of coping with stress, and the physical scars left behind are a manifestation of inner turmoil.”
The study also shows that those who injure themselves are more likely to consider suicide and to develop eating disorders than students who don't dabble in self-abuse.
University officials note that this study brings out a mental health issue that often remains in the dark.
The article also points out that this behavior isn’t limited to Ivy Leaguers or those who attend “high-stress” schools.
The study, which was published in the June issue of Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, also found that:
• Among the survey respondents, about half of those who injure themselves had experienced some type of abuse; either sexual, emotional or physical.
• Most self-abusers are women
• Most self-abusers have not been in therapy.
• Prior abuse may be a trigger for self-inflicted cuts and burns.
• High-achievers were the most likely candidates for self-abuse.
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