Explaining self-harm : youth cybertalk and marginalised sexualities and genders

McDermott, Elizabeth and Roen, Katrina and Piela, Anna (2015) Explaining self-harm : youth cybertalk and marginalised sexualities and genders. Youth and Society, 47 (6). pp. 873-889. ISSN 1552-8499

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This study investigates self-harm among young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people. Using qualitative virtual methods, we examined online forums to explore young LGBT people’s cybertalk about emotional distress and self-harming. We investigated how youth explained the relationship between self-harm and sexuality and gender. We found that LGBT youth may articulate contradictory, ambiguous, and multiple accounts of the relationship but there were three strong explanations: (a) self-harm was because of homophobia and transphobia; (b) self-harm was due to self-hatred, fear, and shame; (c) self-harm was emphatically not related to sexuality or gender. There was evidence of youth negotiating LGBT identities, managing homophobia, resisting pathologization, and explaining self-harm as a way of coping.

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Youth and Society
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?? self-harmyouthsexualitygendertransgendergaylesbianbisexualqueerintersexsuicidestigmahomophobiapathologizationsocial sciences (miscellaneous)sociology and political sciencesocial sciences(all) ??
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