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Table 4 Motives reported for deliberate self harm by gender

From: The prevalence of self-reported deliberate self harm in Irish adolescents

  Females (N = 253) % Males (N = 79) % Relative Risk (M/F) 95% CI
Wanted to get relief from a terrible state of mind 79.2 77.6 1.0 0.8 – 1.1
Wanted to die 59.7 65.0 1.1 0.9 – 1.3
Wanted to show how desperate I was feeling 52.1 52.8 1.0 0.7 – 1.3
Wanted to punish myself 43.8 49.1 1.1 0.8 – 1.5
Wanted to find out whether someone really loved me 25.8 38.2 1.5 1.0 – 2.2
Wanted to frighten someone 23.6 40.7 1.7 1.1 – 2.6
Wanted to get some attention 23.0 27.3 1.2 0.7 – 1.9
Wanted to get my own back on someone 19.7 25.0 1.3 0.7 – 2.2
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