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Education professionals' experiences and understandings of self harm in primary school children:you don't really believe unless you see it

Simm, Rebecca and Roen, Katrina and Daiches, Anna (2008) Education professionals' experiences and understandings of self harm in primary school children:you don't really believe unless you see it. Oxford Review of Education, 34 (2). pp. 253-269. ISSN 0305-4985

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Abstract

This paper reports on an empirical study concerning educational professionals' understandings of self‐harm in primary school children. There is little research available about self‐harm in primary‐school aged children, and literature searches for the current study have revealed no research on primary school professionals' understandings of self‐harm in their pupils. This is remarkable given the role that such professionals play in pastoral care. The present qualitative research involved interviewing 15 staff members of six schools in the North of England and analysing transcribed data using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings of this exploratory study suggest a cyclical relationship between the experience, understanding and awareness of self‐harm as described by primary school professionals. This research is presented as a springboard for improving understandings of how self‐harm is experienced and managed in primary schools. It is hoped that the findings might contribute to a long term goal of working with school communities to develop system‐level interventions that cultivate existing resources for addressing self‐harm in children.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Oxford Review of Education
Additional Information: PG Intake 2003
Uncontrolled Keywords: self harm ; children ; primary education ; qualitative
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33878
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2010 11:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2013 09:49
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33878

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