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It is estimated that approximately two million Americans self-injure (Nadelson, 2000). Generally, females are most likely to self-injure and usually begin in their teens. Approximately 72 percent of those who self-injure use deliberate cutting (Ng, 1998). Although possibly new to many common civilians, self-injury has been called the addiction of the 90's according to many researchers (Nadelson, 2000). This paper describes what self-injury is, when it usually begins, and the many reasons why an adolescent chooses to self injure himself or herself. Each teen should be treated as an individual, although, most often, self-injurers come from similar family situations and/or have experienced many of the same issues. This paper discusses the role of the client, counselor, and the supportive people in the life of the self-injurer. It also focuses on specific interventions and strategies that can be employed when counselors are working with one who self injures.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

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Roberto Clemente


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