Deliberate self-harm in the South West: setting a research agenda

Morey, Yvette, Eagle, Lynne, Verne, Julia, and Cook, Helen (2011) Deliberate self-harm in the South West: setting a research agenda. Report. South West Public Health Observatory, Bristol, GBR.

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Abstract

This report addresses the rapid increase in rates of deliberate self-harm (DSH), particularly amongst young people, in the South West of England. We discuss a recent audit of suicide and self-harm figures released by the South West Public Health Observatory (2010) in relation to the extant literature on DSH. Much of this literature is dominated by a medical model, and is characterised by a diverse range of terminologies, definitions, categories, approaches and understandings about DSH, however a small but growing body of sociological, social psychological and ethnographic work also exists. A number of interventions have been proposed or trialled in recent years; however these have been largely led by health providers rather than target populations. We argue that the self-harm reduction agenda would benefit from an investigation of the attitudes and beliefs of those at risk of, or actively self-harming, and furthermore, that this calls for a research strategy that combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches. This should be coupled with a focus on determining the information needs and support mechanisms preferred by specific segments of self-harmers.

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Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: deliberate self-harm, South West, research
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