Table 1

Participants’ baseline characteristics

CharacteristicTA (n=35)AAU (n=35)p Value
Mean age15.6 (SD 1.5)15.5 (SD 1.2)0.79
 Female28 (80)28 (80)1
Ethnicity
 White17 (49)20 (57)0.58
 Black7 (20)7 (20)
 Asian7 (20)1 (3)
 Mixed3 (9)6 (17)
 Other1 (3)1 (3)
Method
 Self-poisoning9 (26)19 (54)0.19
 Self-injury22 (63)15 (43)
 Both4 (11)1 (3)
Assessment setting
 Outpatient department28 (80)18 (51)0.08
 Emergency department7 (20)17 (49)
 Previous self-harm25 (71)16 (54)0.12
 Previous contact with mental health services25 (71)28 (80)0.55
Family SES
 Higher professional4 (11)2 (6)0.87
 Intermediate professional10 (29)6 (17)
 Junior supervisory/skilled5 (14)7 (20)
 Semiskilled/unskilled7 (20)8 (23)
 No regular employment9 (26)12 (34)
Clinical impression
 Emotional disorder22 (63)20 (57)0.77
 Disruptive disorder4 (11)5 (14)
 No mental illness9 (26)8 (23)
 Other0 (0)2 (6)
  • Note: All figures in parentheses are percentages unless otherwise specified.

  • AAU, Assessment As Usual; SES, socioeconomic status; TA, therapeutic assessment.