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ERIC Number: EJ1069569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Developing a Policy to Address Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Schools
Berger, Emily; Hasking, Penelope; Reupert, Andrea
Journal of School Health, v85 n9 p629-647 Sep 2015
Background: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is an increasing and serious concern in schools. The purpose of this study was to determine the suitability of a new policy for responding to NSSI in schools. Methods: Teachers and other school staff, including year level coordinators, psychologists, and counselors, N?=?48, reviewed a policy for addressing NSSI in schools and provided written feedback. Results: The majority of staff worked in schools without a policy regarding NSSI, or were unsure whether their school had such a policy. Participants were generally positive about the presented policy and supported its implementation in schools. Perceived challenges to policy implementation included a lack of knowledge about NSSI among staff and limited referral services available to students who self-injure. Suggested changes included developing a flowchart of the referral process and increasing collaboration between school staff, changes which were subsequently implemented. Conclusion: Awareness and education for school staff regarding NSSI combined with school policies for responding to adolescents who self-injure are recommended to enhance management of NSSI in schools, and improve the health and well-being of adolescents who self-injure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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