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An Internet survey of adolescent self-injurers.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH)
Issue number1
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1-9
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


This paper reports an Internet survey of adolescent self-injurers (n=128, mean age 16.7 years). Details regarding personal information, types of self injury engaged in, behavioural history associated with respondent’s self-injury, romantic relationships, emotions in relation to self-injury, life events, and consultation with health professionals were collected and data were analysed descriptively. This survey reveals a picture of the adolescent self-injurer as someone who is usually female, often with a history of sexual and/or physical abuse and an eating disorder. ‘She’ tends to cut her arms and legs on a daily or weekly basis, and usually hides her self-injury from others. Respondents indicated that the practice of self-injury helped to reduce anxiety, confusion, and depression. Implications for advancing preventative approaches to mental health are discussed.