Not just a teenage phase: - functions of non-suicidal self-injury in adults
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study was to investigate how adults 25 years old and over describe the functions of their non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and to explore whether they report any changes in their experience with NSSI as they become older. Qualitative e-mail interviews were used in order to capture the participants’ experiences. The results of the study were analysed based on coping theory and previous research. The results indicate that, consistent with previous literature, adults self-injure for mostly the same reasons as adolescents – however, as the previous research shows adolescents are more likely to hurt themselves in order to communicate with others. The adults in the present sample report using problem-solving coping strategies to the same extent as emotion-focused strategies; a slight deviation from previous research which has suggested that people who self-injure are more likely to employ emotion-focused strategies. The participants of the study generally experience a feeling of increased control and deliberation of their self-injury as they have gotten older; hurting themselves has become a purposeful coping strategy. The results of this study might have implications for treatment of self-injury in adults; focusing the treatment on strengthening the adults’ autonomy and encouraging further problem-solving coping strategies might be beneficial.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 66 p.
NSSI, Non-suicidal self-injury, self-injury, self-harm, e-mail interviews, adult, functions
självskadebeteende, vuxna, självskada, funktioner
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17569Archive number: SGSMKINSA-V14-13OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-17569DiVA: diva2:748628
Subject / course
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)