Self-injury is a phenomenon that has existed for centuries and in a variety of populations. The historical progression of the literature shows that self-injury has been associated with religious, cultural, psychological, and social factors and that it has been found in both clinical and non-clinical populations. A significant increase in the number of studies being done on non-suicidal self-injury has occurred over the past couple decades; however, literature reviews of existing data are minimal. The present study provides an in depth look at 23 qualitative and quantitative studies on self-injurious behaviors, and details the characteristics and behaviors of self-injury, associated risk factors, and co-morbid mental health conditions that are commonly linked to self-injury and treatment modalities used with individuals who self-injure. Findings of this analysis reveal that self-injury is a complex phenomenon and highlight the importance of fully informing social workers in order to adequately treat this growing problem.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Clinical psychology|
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