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Show simple item record Moloney, N. Glynn, K. Harding, E. Murphy, Valerie Elizabeth Gulati, Gautam 2020-03-30T13:51:03Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
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 o f 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 over all 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’sage 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’ sage group. Further large-scale studies are warranted to investigate this finding as it has implications for prevention and management of deliberate self-harm. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine;
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dc.subject deliberate self-harm en_US
dc.subject emergency department en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject Lent en_US
dc.subject religious affiliation en_US
dc.title Does lent affect rates of deliberate self-harm? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/ipm.2020.3 2021-02-14
dc.embargo.terms 2021-02-14 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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