Next Article in Journal
SIMPL: A Simplified Model-Based Program for the Analysis and Visualization of Groundwater Rebound in Abandoned Mines to Prevent Contamination of Water and Soils by Acid Mine Drainage
Next Article in Special Issue
Direct Self-Injurious Behavior (D-SIB) and Life Events among Vocational School and High School Students
Previous Article in Journal
A New TS Algorithm for Solving Low-Carbon Logistics Vehicle Routing Problem with Split Deliveries by Backpack—From a Green Operation Perspective
Previous Article in Special Issue
Systematic Literature Review of Attempted Suicide and Offspring
Open AccessReview

Caring for Young People Who Self-Harm: A Review of Perspectives from Families and Young People

1
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
2
Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
3
Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 950; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050950
Received: 22 February 2018 / Revised: 24 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Suicide Research)
Self-harm among young people remains largely stigmatised and misunderstood. Parents have been identified as key facilitators in the help-seeking process, yet they typically report feeling ill-equipped to support the young person in their care. The aim of this review was to examine the perspectives of both young people (aged 12–28) and parents and to develop the conceptual framework for a future qualitative study. A systematic search of MEDLINE and PsycINFO was performed to identify articles that focused on the experiences of family members and young people related to managing the discovery of self-harm. Fourteen articles were included for review. Four addressed the perspectives of young people and 10 reported on the impact of adolescent self-harm on parents. The impact of self-harm is substantial and there exists a discrepancy between the most common parental responses and the preferences of young people. In addition, parents are often reluctant to seek help for themselves due to feelings of shame and guilt. This highlights the need for accessible resources that seek to alleviate parents’ distress, influence the strategies implemented to manage the young person’s self-harm behaviour, reduce self-blame of family members, and increase the likelihood of parental help seeking. View Full-Text
Keywords: young people; self-harm; families; parents; carers; support; resources young people; self-harm; families; parents; carers; support; resources
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Curtis, S.; Thorn, P.; McRoberts, A.; Hetrick, S.; Rice, S.; Robinson, J. Caring for Young People Who Self-Harm: A Review of Perspectives from Families and Young People. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 950.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop