Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Self-mutilation; Self-injurious behavior--Prevention;
Self-mutilation is a serious mental and physical health problem that is often under-reported and misdiagnosed. The mutilation is a reaction to negative internal feelings, such as despair, anxiety, anger, or cognitive constriction. The goal of the self-mutilation is relief from emotional pain by using physical pain. The self-mutilator has low self-esteem, bouts of depression, difficulty forming intimate relationships, and usually suffered some type of trauma such as physical or sexual abuse. Pharmacological treatment for the self-mutilator has been experimental but has not been well researched. However, research seemed to indicate that individual and group therapy, specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy, is helpful for the person to learn alternative coping.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
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©2000 Wendy S. Cook
Cook, Wendy S., "Self-mutilation : using pain to cope" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 503.