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ERIC Number: EJ945414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Assessment and Intervention for Students Who Self-Injure
Carroll, Crystal; Olwig, Heather; Vasquez, Melissa
Communique, v40 n2 p1, 22-23 Oct 2011
When students reach adolescence, they have often been known to devise destructive outlets for their self-expression (e.g., suggestive dress, tattoos, piercing, and sexual risk-taking). Recently growing in popularity, to almost epidemic proportions in the general adolescent population, is the act of self-injury. Self-injury refers to the intentional self-infliction of wounds by cutting, burning, or otherwise wounding of the skin without the intent to die. Such behaviors are becoming an increasingly prevalent phenomenon and are plaguing teens, parents, and schools. Self-injury has become significantly more pervasive in the general adolescent population and has possible implications for students' academic well-being. The educational environment has emerged as the leading place in which adolescents who self-injure are identified. The school is the place where the provision of treatments can often begin. It is important for individuals working in such settings to gain a thorough working understanding of the nature, meaning, and function of self-injurious behavior. In this article, the authors discuss assessment and intervention strategies for students who self-injure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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