Adolescents' perspectives of youth non-suicidal self-injury prevention

Berger, Emily, Hasking, Penelope and Martin, Graham (2014) Adolescents' perspectives of youth non-suicidal self-injury prevention. Youth and Society, 1-20. doi:10.1177/0044118X13520561

Author Berger, Emily
Hasking, Penelope
Martin, Graham
Title Adolescents' perspectives of youth non-suicidal self-injury prevention
Journal name Youth and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-8499
Publication date 2014-02-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0044118X13520561
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is of increasing concern, yet many adolescents who self-injure are reluctant to seek professional help. Instead, they turn to friends for support, although it is unclear what these friends can offer. This study aimed to identify adolescents’ views of how peers and online friends can help young people who self-injure, and examine differences according to age, gender, and exposure to NSSI. Students (n = 2,637; aged 12-18 years) from 41 schools completed questions asking them to describe what peers and online friends could do to help young people who self-injure. Thematic analysis identified seven strategies, including communication about NSSI with peers and online friends, referral to adults and health professionals, greater public awareness of NSSI, and reduced peer stigma and bullying. Endorsement of themes varied by age, gender, and experience with NSSI. Findings have implications for school prevention of NSSI.
Keyword Peers support
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 29 Jul 2014, 12:27:54 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital