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We are all in this together: Working towards a holistic understanding of self-harm

Long, Maggie, Manktelow, Roger and Tracey, Anne (2012) We are all in this together: Working towards a holistic understanding of self-harm. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2012 . pp. 1-9. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01893.x


Self-harm is a widespread and controversial issue in contemporary society. Statistics arebased on reported incidents and therefore do not accurately reveal prevalence, asself-harm is often a hidden behaviour. This highlights the essential need for practitionersand society to work towards reducing the stigma surrounding self-harm. Thispaper goes some way towards understanding the impact of self-harm on individualsand communities. It begins by exploring terminologies and definitions of self-harm anddiscusses the importance of sensitivity in language use relating to self-harm. It continuesby examining types of self-harm and subsequently presents life experiences thatmay contribute to the onset of self-harm. The paper elucidates the cultural, historicaland religious origins of self-harm, indicating the ways in which self-harm has evolvedwith us as part of our humanity. Moreover, literature relating to the significance ofstigma and attitudes is examined, followed by issues around psychiatric diagnosespertaining to self-harm. The paper concludes by synthesizing literature relevant to therelationship between self-harm and suicide.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:24000
Deposited By: Dr Maggie Long
Deposited On:20 Nov 2012 08:42
Last Modified:09 Apr 2013 08:08

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