Table 2

Characteristics of three “narrative” groups at index episode

CharacteristicAdolescentIllnessAlcoholOther
No in group9542
Only episode of DSH2202
Mean (range) years since last episode3.9 (3.3-7.0)6.3 (5.3-7.5)5.2 (3.5-6.6)6.7 (6.5-6.9)
Diagnosis at index episodeHarmful use of alcohol (1), none (2), depression (6)Depression (4), OCD (1)Harmful use of alcohol (1), alcohol dependence (3)None (1), somatoform pain disorder (1)
Mean (range) index SIS10 (5-20)13 (3-24)8 (3-12)18 (13-23)
Employment status at index episodeFull time education (4), unemployed (1), sick (1), employed (3)Employed (4), disabled (1)Unemployed (3), housewife (1)Employed (1), disabled (1)
Mean (range) age at index episode (years)19.2 (16-25)39.6 (33-48)38.8 (24-48)41 (34-48)
  • DSH=deliberate self harm; OCD=obsessive compulsive disorder; SIS=suicide intent scale17: increased score suggests higher risk of suicide.