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The Language of Injury: Comprehending Self-mutilation

by Gloria Babiker & Lois Arnold - £43.99  BPS Blackwell (1997)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781854332349 | ISBN 10: 1854332341

A sourcebook for all those who work with people who self-injure, whether in the health and social services or the voluntary sector. The approach recognises self-injury as a behaviour reflecting complex psycho-social difficulties in distressed individuals. The topic of self-mutilation is defined and located within the range of other self-destructive behaviours such as parasuicide. A detailed examination of the origins and functional nature of self-injury forms the basis for the authors' recommendations towards providing services in this area. The issues facing those who work with people who self-injure are examned in detail. The authors have drawn on their experience to formulate a theoretical foundation with practical guidelines for work in various settings, including pyschotherapy. The importance of supervision and support for practitioners working in this area is stressed.

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