Helping young people who self-harm: Perspectives from England

Steven Pryjmachuk, Gemma Trainor

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    Topic: Interventions for young people who self-harm. Purpose: To inform the international community of concerns that have arisen in England in relation to self-harm in young people, the therapies available to young people, and the evidence base for these therapies. Source(s) used: Published literature on the topic, together with the clinical and academic expertise of the paper's authors. Conclusions: A variety of treatment modalities (categorized according to whether they were individual, family, group, or psychopharmacological therapies) used in England with young people who self-harm are discussed. The overall picture regarding these interventions is unclear: a few have no research evidence; some, however, do show promise though limitations in study design, and a lack of replication means no definitive conclusions can be drawn. There needs to be further research and development in this area, especially evaluative research of interventions. Nurses should play a lead role here as they are often in the most unique position to help young people who self-harm. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-60
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Adolescents
    • England
    • Interventions
    • Self-harm
    • Therapies
    • Young people


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