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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cutting through the pain: A personal narrative on depression and self-injury
by Fetner, Jessica E., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 100; 1499250
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to write a personal narrative on self-injury to help others gain a great understanding of the behavior and ways they can provide help. This project was designed to explore the writer's experience of turning toward the destructive coping method of self-cutting for nearly seven years. Literature was reviewed on the topic of self-injury and the many factors that can influence such behavior. Existing narratives were also reviewed in order to demonstrate the importance of narrative writing and how it can help bring awareness and understanding to the social work profession. The narrative provided insight on the difficult experiences the writer faced and how she coped with an undiagnosed depression through the means of cutting. It is the writer's goal to bring awareness and understanding on self-injury and the many factors that can influence self-injurious behaviors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurrola, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work
Publication Number: 1499250
ISBN: 978-1-124-85736-7
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