The construction of self-injury in the clinical literature: a sociological exploration

Chandler, Amy and Myers, Fiona and Platt, Stephen (2011) The construction of self-injury in the clinical literature: a sociological exploration. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41 (1). pp. 98-109. ISSN 0363-0234

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This article presents a sociologically informed critique of a range of academic literatures relating to self-injury. It is noted how a lack of consensus on definitional issues, together with the inaccurate portrayal of the "typical self-injurer" in the clinical literature, has impeded the development of a sound understanding of self-injury. Some of the more problematic explanations for self-injury are explored. The individualistic focus of existing research is found to be inadequate, since it fails to account for the social context in which self-injury occurs. Social scientific approaches critically examine psychiatric and psychological constructions of selfinjury, explore wider social and cultural meanings of the behavior, and examine its distribution across different social groups. The inclusion of social scientific perspectives into current debates will greatly improve understanding of self-injury. © 2011 The American Association of Suicidology.

Keywords:adolescent, adult, age, automutilation, classification, female, human, male, nomenclature, psychological aspect, review, sex difference, sexuality, social class, sociology, suicide, Adolescent, Age Factors, Humans, Self Mutilation, Self-Injurious Behavior, Sex Factors, Suicide, Terminology as Topic, Young Adult
Subjects:L Social studies > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:27 Jan 2016 15:18

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