Does Lent affect rates of deliberate self-harm?

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dc.contributor.author Moloney, N.
dc.contributor.author Glynn, K.
dc.contributor.author Harding, E.
dc.contributor.author Murphy, V.
dc.contributor.author Gulati, G.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-05T11:59:12Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-05T11:59:12Z
dc.date.issued 2020-02-14
dc.identifier.citation Moloney, N., Glynn, K., Harding, E., Murphy, V. and Gulati, G. (2020) ‘Does Lent affect rates of deliberate self-harm?’, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. doi: 10.1017/ipm.2020.3 en
dc.identifier.issn 0790-9667
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9899
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/ipm.2020.3 en
dc.description.abstract Background: Research has shown that religious affiliation has a protective effect against deliberate self-harm. This is particularly pronounced in periods of increased religious significance, such as periods of worship, celebration, and fasting. However, no data exist as to whether this effect is present during the Christian period of Lent. Our hypothesis was that Lent would lead to decreased presentations of self-harm emergency department (ED) in a predominantly Catholic area of Ireland. Methods: Following ethical approval, we retrospectively analysed data on presentations to the ED of University Hospital Limerick during the period of Lent and the 40 days immediately preceding it. Frequency data were compared using Pearson’s chi-squared tests in SPSS. Results: There was no significant difference in the overall number of people presenting to the ED with self-harm during Lent compared to the 40 days preceding it (χ2 = 0.75, df = 1, p > 0.05), and there was no difference in methods of self-harm used. However, there was a significant increase in attendances with self-harm during Lent in the over 50’s age group (χ2 = 7.76, df = 1, p = 0.005). Conclusions: Based on our study, Lent is not a protective factor for deliberate self-harm and was associated with increased presentations in the over 50’s age group. Further large-scale studies are warranted to investigate this finding as it has implications for prevention and management of deliberate self-harm. en
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dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
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dc.subject Deliberate self-harm en
dc.subject Emergency department en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Lent en
dc.subject Religious affiliation en
dc.title Does Lent affect rates of deliberate self-harm? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother V. Murphy, Medicine, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.check.date 2021-02-14
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine en
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