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Study shows cutting prevalent among young teens

teenage girls are more likely to cut than boys
Teenage girls are more likely to cut than boys.

Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet— even Twilight’s Bella— all flirted with the concept. Throughout history (both real and fictional) many adolescents have felt so victimized by a world outside their control that they’ve harbored thoughts of self-harm. Though the causes tend to differ with age, sex and culture, it seems the stresses of teenage life—and some of their more troubling coping mechanisms— have been around for ages. But a study by a researcher from Cornell University shows that one reaction to stress and feelings of helplessness is more prevalent among young teens than many people may realize. According to the study, cutting, the act of marking one’s body through self-inflicted scratches and lacerations, is practiced by as many as 12 to 37 percent of kids during early adolescence.

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