The Reading / Listening - Self-harm - Level 4

More and more teenage girls are suffering from self-harm. A study in a medical journal says more 13-16-year-old girls are self-harming. Researchers looked at data on nearly 17,000 patients. The researchers found there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among these girls over a three-year period. During the same period, rates for other teenage girls stayed constant. Self-harm rates for girls are three times higher than those for boys.



A professor of psychiatry said stress and psychological problems probably caused this rise. He said: "It's important to understand its underlying causes." A children's charity said self-harm can often be a sign of a bigger problem. It said services to help teenage girls at risk were vital. Without these, it can be a matter of life or death. Self-harm is one of the biggest signs of teenage suicide. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in under-25s.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Self-harm - Level 5 or  Self-harm - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41671060
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-teenage-girls-self-harm-boys.html
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2150888-self-harm-in-teenage-girls-has-risen-dramatically-in-the-uk/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. More and more teenage girls are
  2. A study in a medical
  3. data on nearly
  4. there was a 68 per cent
  5. During the same
  6. rates for other teenage girls stayed
  7. Self-harm rates
  8. three times higher than
  1. increase
  2. for girls
  3. suffering
  4. those for boys
  5. 17,000 patients
  6. period
  7. constant
  8. journal

Paragraph 2

  1. A professor of
  2. psychological
  3. It's important to understand its
  4. A children's
  5. self-harm can often be a sign of
  6. services to help teenage girls at
  7. it can be a matter of life
  8. the second most common
  1. a bigger problem
  2. charity
  3. problems
  4. or death
  5. psychiatry
  6. cause of death
  7. risk were vital
  8. underlying causes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ teenage girls are suffering from self-harm. A study in a (2) ___________________ more 13-16-year-old girls are self-harming. Researchers looked (3) ___________________ nearly 17,000 patients. The researchers found there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm (4) ___________________ over a three-year period. During the same period, (5) ___________________ teenage girls stayed constant. Self-harm rates for girls are three times (6) ___________________ for boys.

A professor of psychiatry (7) ___________________ psychological problems probably (8) ___________________. He said: "It's important to understand its underlying causes." A children's charity said self-harm (9) ___________________ a sign of a bigger problem. It said services to help teenage girls at (10) ___________________. Without these, it can be a matter of life or death. Self-harm is one of (11) ___________________ of teenage suicide. Suicide is the second most common (12) ___________________ in under-25s.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Moreandmoreteenagegirlsaresufferingfromself-harm.Astudyiname
dicaljournalsaysmore13-16-year-oldgirlsareself-harming.Researc
herslookedatdataonnearly17,000patients.Theresearchersfoundthe
rewasa68percentincreaseinself-harmamongthesegirlsoverathree-
yearperiod.Duringthesameperiod,ratesforotherteenagegirlsstayed
constant.Self-harmratesforgirlsarethreetimeshigherthanthosefo
rboys.Aprofessorofpsychiatrysaidstressandpsychologicalproblemsp
robablycausedthisrise.Hesaid:"It'simportanttounderstanditsunderl
yingcauses."Achildren'scharitysaidself-harmcanoftenbeasignofab
iggerproblem.Itsaidservicestohelpteenagegirlsatriskwerevital.With
outthese,itcanbeamatteroflifeordeath.Self-harmisoneofthebiggest
signsofteenagesuicide.Suicideisthesecondmostcommoncauseofdea
thinunder-25s.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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