Why do people self-harm?

Warm, Anna and Murray, Craig and Fox, Jezz (2003) Why do people self-harm? Psychology, Health and Medicine, 8 (1). pp. 72-79. ISSN 1354-8506

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The accuracy of perceptions about self-harm that are presented in the psychological and psychiatric literature was assessed with a sample of self-harmers. A list of 20 statements containing ten myths and ten accurate statements about self-harm behaviour was incorporated into an internet-based questionnaire. Respondents (n = 243) rated their extent of agreement with each statement. Factor analysis confirmed the a priori classification of statements as being accurate. Only one item, regarding the relationship of self-harm to previous sexual abuse, did not confirm a priori classification; this statement was considered by self-harmers to be an accurate perception of self-harm. It was concluded that this questionnaire could be a useful aid for group-work training with professionals who are involved in working with people who engage in self-harm.

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Psychology, Health and Medicine
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?? clinical psychologypsychiatry and mental healthapplied psychologyr medicine (general) ??
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