Journal article

Understanding the Needs of Young People Who Engage in Self-Harm: A Qualitative Investigation

Sarah E Hetrick, Aruni Subasinghe, Kate Anglin, Laura Hart, Amy Morgan, Jo Robinson



Self-harm is common and associated with adverse outcomes. Research about the risk factors for self-harm has informed the field with regard to clinical interventions that should be delivered for young people who engage in self-harm. Missing is an in-depth understanding of what the triggers of an urge to self-harm might be, including in young people being treated with a clinical intervention. Therefore, there is little knowledge about what techniques young people find helpful to deal with urges to self-harm when they occur. This qualitative study engaged seven young people with lived experience of self-harm in semi-structured interviews about the immediate triggers of the urge to self-harm, an..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The investigators would like to acknowledge the young people who participated in the co-design process. This work was undertaken as part of the requirements of the Honours in Psychology (La Trobe University) undertaken by AS and KA. SH was supported by an Auckland Medical Research Foundation Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship. LH was supported by an Australian Rotary Health Colin Dodds Postdoctoral Fellowship. JR was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship.