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dc.contributor.authorCurtis, Cateen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-30T23:12:40Z
dc.date.available2017en_NZ
dc.date.available2019-06-30T23:12:40Z
dc.date.issued2017en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationCurtis, C. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury: Suicide risk or social activity? New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 106–114.en
dc.identifier.issn0112-109Xen_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/12651
dc.description.abstractDeliberate self-harm (DSH) has been conceptualised as indicative of mental illness, on a continuum ending with suicide. Recently our understanding of DSH has become more nuanced, with distinctions made between suicidal behaviour and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Indeed, there is some evidence that NSSI may be consciously countersuicidal. Moreover, NSSI appears to have recently increased markedly among young women. This research explores the motivations, meanings and functions of NSSI in young New Zealand women through 19 in-depth interviews. The results show that precursors range from serious anguish including suicidality, to purely social, with functions from the alleviation of distress to participation in a social activity. Often minimal physical or psychological harm is involved, either preceding NSSI, or as a result. Previous beliefs about the dynamics and the social contexts in which NSSI occurs are thus problematic, as are assumptions about the appropriate support. Though a potential indicator of mental ill-health, NSSI may be a harm-reduction technique, or a relatively normalised teenage activity within the peer group.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Psychological Societyen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.psychology.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/NSSI-Suicide-risk-or-social-activity-private.pdfen_NZ
dc.rightsThis article is published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology. © New Zealand Psychological Society. Used with permission.
dc.subjectNSSIen_NZ
dc.subjectself-harm
dc.subjectsuicide
dc.titleNon-suicidal self-injury: Suicide risk or social activity?en_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.relation.isPartOfNew Zealand Journal of Psychologyen_NZ
pubs.begin-page106
pubs.elements-id217836
pubs.end-page114
pubs.issue3en_NZ
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_NZ
pubs.volume46en_NZ


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