What Happens When You Tell Someone You Self-injure? The Effects of Disclosing NSSI to Adults and Peers

Penelope Hasking; Clare S. Rees; Graham Martin; Jessie Quigley


BMC Public Health. 2015;15(1039) 

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Overall, our results indicate that disclosure of NSSI is a positive behaviour that should be encouraged in young people. Our findings provide potential avenues for combatting help-negation related to NSSI, suggesting information and support initiatives should be directed primarily to the young person's peer group and to parents as the two priority groups. Parents and friends of young people who self-injure should also be encouraged to model the use of problem-focused coping strategies. Importantly, further work is required to ascertain the reciprocal effects on parents and the family dynamic when a family member self-injures.