Healing the wounds: understanding individuals' experiences in cessation of non-suicidal self-injury

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Sugimoto, Tamiko
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
The intention of this study was to investigate the cessation of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI): How and why individuals with a past history of NSSI stopped engaging in the behaviour. To meet this aim, two comprehensive literature reviews were performed examining factors of cessation drawn from previous NSSI literature and from substance abuse and eating disorder literature. An online survey was created to ascertain which variables were endorsed by a sample population of individuals who have successfully resolved NSSI (n = 49). The results identified specific factors and underlying mechanisms associated with cessation, including the motivation to change, maturational factors, relational ties, natural recovery and internal strategies utilized to reduce NSSI. Recommendations for future research and treatment implications are provided. Given the high prevalence of NSSI and the scarcity of research focusing on the cessation of NSSI, the information gleaned from this thesis may assist counsellors in developing more effective assessment methods, interventions, and treatment strategies.
non-suicidal self-injury , self-injury , cessation research , treatment , counseling , mental health