Illinois (AP) — Nearly 1 in 5 students at two Ivy League schools say
they have purposely injured themselves by cutting, burning or other
methods, a disturbing phenomenon that psychologists say they are
hearing about more often.
My teacher friends tell me that cutting oneself and related self-abuse is not uncommon in Hong Kong schools, but I am somewhat surprised to hear that it happened to 20% of Ivy League students in the US. Is this a fad that is passed around after it has caught on, or is there something about recent youth culture that makes young people more susceptible to self-abuse than before? I am inclined to think it is the latter. Really sad.