Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Self-injurious behavior; Self-mutilation;
Self-mutilation is most accurately described as the intentional harm of one's own body. Individuals engage in this behavior as a means of coping with intense emotions. The act of harming one's own body provides a release of endorphins, which provides the self-mutilator with a sense of relief. This behavior is becoming problematic within the adolescent population and a growing concern for those in the field of school counseling. School counselors need to have a strong grasp of the characteristics, functions, and intervention strategies involved with self-mutilation to be effective advocates for this population of students.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
John K. Smith
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©2006 Carmon Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Carmon, "Self-mutilation : a misunderstood behavior" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1361.