Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self-injurious behaviors: A review of the literature
by Kasaty, Brenda, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 71; 1486318
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1486318
ISBN: 978-1-124-24252-1
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