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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mental health clinicians' views on superficial self-mutilation in the DSM-IV-TR
by Michaels, Thomas Roy, Psy.D., Antioch University New England, 2009, 84; 3385343
Abstract (Summary)

Self-mutilation is a phenomenon that affects a significant percentage of the teenage and adult population. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) includes self-mutilation as a symptom under the diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder, Stereotypic Movement Disorder, and Impulse Control Disorder. In the current project, I surveyed mental health practitioners, primarily in outpatient settings, and found that superficial self-mutilation was present most commonly in clients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. The discussion includes a consideration of the relationship of self-mutilation to different types of trauma, developmental issues, and recommendations for diagnostic revision in the DSM.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Borden, Kathi
School: Antioch University New England
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: DAI-B 70/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Cutting, DSM, Diagnosis, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition-Text Revision, Mental health clinicians, Self-mutilation
Publication Number: 3385343
ISBN: 978-1-109-49343-6
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