A Cross-Sectional Study of The Pattern of Cases of Deliberate Self-Harm in a Tertiary Care Hospital


  • Shinto Devassy1 , Varghese P.S1




Deliberate self-harm, Suicide attempt, Suicide prevention


Objective of the Study: To study the different methods used for DSH and precipitating factors

Materials and Method: The present study was conducted in the department of emergency medicine in

St John’s Hospital, Bengaluru. 337 individuals who were brought to the emergency department with an

alleged history of DSH and were stable after medical management were selected for the study. Subjects

were assessed using the structured questionnaire and a thorough history. Group differences for categorical

variables were examined with fissure exact test.

Results: Analysis revealed that 60.5% of DSH cases were in the age group of 18-30 years, 54.3% were

females, 37.7% of family problems, 42.1% preferred drug over dosage, 10.7% in February and17.8% on


Interpretation & Conclusion: Young adults were the most vulnerable group. Singles outnumbered all

others. Nuclear family and urbanization proved to be risk factors. Most of them attempted DSH because of

family problems and most attempted at home. Drug overdose was the most preferred method.

Author Biography

Shinto Devassy1 , Varghese P.S1

1Senior Resident, Dept of Forensic Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, 2 HOD, Dept of Forensic Medicine, St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru




How to Cite

Shinto Devassy1 , Varghese P.S1. (2020). A Cross-Sectional Study of The Pattern of Cases of Deliberate Self-Harm in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 94–98. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10333