Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Self-mutilation--Treatment; Self-injurious behavior--Treatment; Teenage girls--Mental health;
With the reported incidence of cutting and self-mutilating behaviors in adolescent girls on the rise, counselors need to take a look at the changing role they can play in helping these young girls understand the reasons underlying their self-destructive behaviors. The counselor can also help them find new ways to cope with the deep emotional trauma that precipitates the behavior. Understanding the causes and dynamics of this disorder will lead to better opportunities for effective treatment. This paper is intended to focus on the nature of the disorder and the role of counseling in bringing these young women back from the edge of darkness and teaching them how to form healthy coping skills, behaviors, and communications.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
John K. Smith
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©2005 Carla C. Hughes
Hughes, Carla C., "Cutting and self-mutilating behaviors among adolescent girls : a counselor's role in understanding and treatment" (2005). Graduate Research Papers. 878.