The Reading / Listening - Self-harm - Level 5

There has been a big rise in self-harm among young teenage girls in the UK. A new study from a British medical journal says more and more 13-16-year-old girls are self-harming. Researchers looked at the data of 600 doctors on nearly 17,000 patients. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among girls over the three-year period of the study. During the same period, rates stayed constant for 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The self-harm rates for girls are three times higher than those for boys.



A professor of psychiatry and population health said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably adding to the trend. He said: "It's important to understand its underlying causes." A children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for teenage suicide. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in under-25s around the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Self-harm - Level 4 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. There has been a big
  2. A new study from a British
  3. nearly 17,000
  4. a 68 per cent increase
  5. over the three-year
  6. During the same period, rates
  7. The self-harm rates
  8. three times higher than
  1. for girls
  2. period of the study
  3. rise in self-harm
  4. those for boys
  5. medical journal
  6. patients
  7. stayed constant
  8. in self-harm

Paragraph 2

  1. A professor of
  2. problems were probably adding
  3. important to understand its underlying
  4. an expression of a deeper
  5. services to support these children
  6. be a matter of life
  7. Self-harm is one of the biggest
  8. the second most common
  1. or death
  2. are vital
  3. cause of death
  4. to the trend
  5. risk factors
  6. causes
  7. psychiatry
  8. problem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There has been a (1) ___________________ self-harm among young teenage girls in the UK. A new study from a British (2) ___________________ more and more 13-16-year-old girls are self-harming. Researchers looked at (3) ___________________ 600 doctors on nearly 17,000 patients. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm (4) ___________________ the three-year period of the study. During (5) ___________________, rates stayed constant for 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The self-harm rates for girls are three times higher (6) ___________________ boys.

A professor (7) ___________________ population health said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably adding (8) ___________________. He said: "It's important to understand its underlying causes." A children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of (9) ___________________, which is why early intervention services (10) ___________________ children are vital. Without this, the consequences really can be (11) ___________________ life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for teenage suicide. Suicide is the second (12) ___________________ of death in under-25s around the world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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eUK.AnewstudyfromaBritishmedicaljournalsaysmoreandmore13-
16-year-oldgirlsareself-harming.Researcherslookedatthedataof6
00doctorsonnearly17,000patients.Theresearchersfoundthattherew
asa68percentincreaseinself-harmamonggirlsoverthethree-yearperi
odofthestudy.Duringthesameperiod,ratesstayedconstantfor10-to
12-year-oldgirlsand17-to19-year-olds.Theself-harmratesforgir
lsarethreetimeshigherthanthoseforboys.Aprofessorofpsychiatryan
dpopulationhealthsaidincreasingstressandpsychologicalproblemsw
ereprobablyaddingtothetrend.Hesaid:"It'simportanttounderstandit
sunderlyingcauses."Achildren'scharitysaid:"Self-harmcanoftenb
eanexpressionofadeeperproblem,whichiswhyearlyinterventionservi
cestosupportthesechildrenarevital.Withoutthis,theconsequencesre
allycanbeamatteroflifeordeath."Self-harmisoneofthebiggestriskfa
ctorsforteenagesuicide.Suicideisthesecondmostcommoncauseofde
athinunder-25saroundtheworld.

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

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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