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ERIC Number: EJ804229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0829-5735
"I Am Not Well-Equipped": High School Teachers' Perceptions of Self-Injury
Heath, Nancy L.; Toste, Jessica R.; Beettam, Erin L.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v21 n1-2 p73-92 2006
Fifty teachers completed a survey to investigate knowledge, self-perceived knowledge, and attitudes regarding self-injury (SI). Teachers were aware of basic facts concerning SI; however, 78% underestimated prevalence, and only 20% felt knowledgeable. Attitudes were mixed, with 48% finding the idea of SI horrifying; however, 68% disagreeing that SI was "often manipulative." Principal components analysis indicated that perceived knowledge emerged as a separate construct from attitudes toward SI. Years of teaching experience was related to self-perceived knowledge, but not to attitudes. In addition, 74% of teachers reported having a personal encounter with SI, and 62% felt that SI is increasing in the schools. Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions revealed a strong desire for further knowledge and training. Results indicate that teachers' perceptions are not consistent with studies of SI in clinical settings but are consistent with recent research in community and school samples. The need for teacher education about SI is emphasized. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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