University of New Hampshire
Mentor: Dr. Michael Kalinowski, Associate Professor of Family Studies
Understanding Self Injurious Behaviors and Treatments Utilized to Decrease Self Injurious Behaviors
The purpose of this study is to define self-injury (e.g., self-mutilation, cutting) and its behaviors, explore the literature on therapies used to treat self-injury, illustrate selected therapies, and interview mental health professionals on their choice of therapies when treating self-injury. The survey sample included 165 mental health professionals within a 90-mile radius of Durham, NH. The questionnaire asked if they treat the behavior and if so, whether they would be willing to take part in a 10 minute telephone interview to discuss their choice of therapies when treating self injury. Survey results are included with suggestions for further research and practices.