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The Healing Journey: Help Seeking for Self-Injury Among a Community Population

Long, Maggie, Manktelow, Roger and Tracey, Anne (2014) The Healing Journey: Help Seeking for Self-Injury Among a Community Population. Qualitative Health Research, Online . pp. 1-13. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1049732314554092

Abstract

Help seeking is known to be a complex and difficult journey for people who self-injure. In this article, we explore the process of help seeking from the perspective of a group of people living in Northern Ireland with a history of selfinjury. We conducted 10 semistructured interviews and employed a grounded theory approach to data analysis. Wecreated two major categories from the interview transcript data: (a) “involution of feeling,” which depicts participants’perspectives on barriers to help seeking; and (b) “to be treated like a person,” in which participants communicate their experiences of help seeking. The findings pose important implications for policy, practice, theory, and future research,including the need to increase the uptake of follow-up care among people who arrive at hospitals as a result of selfinjury, self-harm, or suicidal behaviors.

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:30413
Deposited By: Dr Maggie Long
Deposited On:14 Oct 2014 11:01
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:16

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