Self-harming behavior in relation to exposure to inter-personal violence among youth and young adults in Colombia

The effects of violence exposure on the risk of self-harming behaviors of youth in low- and middle-income countries is not well-understood. Using household survey data from one nationally representative sample and one sample from conflict-affected areas, this study examined violence exposure and self-harm among Colombian youth aged 13–24.

Among Colombian youth, exposure to violence as either witness or victim was associated with greater prevalence of self-harming behaviors. Youth suicide prevention programs can address exposures to violence as a risk factor for self-harm.

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