Deliberate self-harm in adolescence: report of a research project in some English schools

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/12449
Title:
Deliberate self-harm in adolescence: report of a research project in some English schools
Authors:
Best, Ron
Abstract:
Acts of deliberate self-harm (DSH) by adolescents are thought to be on the increase. Many of those who self-harm are of school age and it is to be expected that schools (and their teachers) will be aware of the problem and will respond appropriately as part of their pastoral-care provision. This paper begins with a discussion of the concept of deliberate self-harm from a number of theoretical and clinical perspectives and summarises some of the evidence for prevalence and aetiology. It goes on to report the findings of a Nuffield Foundation-funded study undertaken in England in 2003/4. A variety of self-harming behaviours, from cutting to unnecessary risk-taking, were reported by the 34 teachers and other professionals interviewed in schools, pupil referral units and support agencies such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Evidence is presented about the kinds of self-harming behaviour encountered by teachers and their perceptions of: prevalence; levels of awareness, training and support for teachers and others responding to self-harm in schools; teachers’ responses to self-harm; and links between schools and support agencies. The findings indicate that teachers’ awareness of DSH is patchy, that their reactions are often those of shock, panic and anxiety, and that training and support are inadequate. Links with ‘outside agencies’ are of variable quality and are hindered by the lack of coherent and standardized structures and nomenclature. The implications of the findings for schools are discussed in the context of schools’ proactive/preventive and reactive pastoral care provision. Ethical issues raised by such provision are considered.
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/12449
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Education Collection

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dc.contributor.authorBest, Ron-
dc.date.accessioned2007-06-28T14:41:34Z-
dc.date.available2007-06-28T14:41:34Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/12449-
dc.description.abstractActs of deliberate self-harm (DSH) by adolescents are thought to be on the increase. Many of those who self-harm are of school age and it is to be expected that schools (and their teachers) will be aware of the problem and will respond appropriately as part of their pastoral-care provision. This paper begins with a discussion of the concept of deliberate self-harm from a number of theoretical and clinical perspectives and summarises some of the evidence for prevalence and aetiology. It goes on to report the findings of a Nuffield Foundation-funded study undertaken in England in 2003/4. A variety of self-harming behaviours, from cutting to unnecessary risk-taking, were reported by the 34 teachers and other professionals interviewed in schools, pupil referral units and support agencies such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Evidence is presented about the kinds of self-harming behaviour encountered by teachers and their perceptions of: prevalence; levels of awareness, training and support for teachers and others responding to self-harm in schools; teachers’ responses to self-harm; and links between schools and support agencies. The findings indicate that teachers’ awareness of DSH is patchy, that their reactions are often those of shock, panic and anxiety, and that training and support are inadequate. Links with ‘outside agencies’ are of variable quality and are hindered by the lack of coherent and standardized structures and nomenclature. The implications of the findings for schools are discussed in the context of schools’ proactive/preventive and reactive pastoral care provision. Ethical issues raised by such provision are considered.en
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dc.subjectself-harmen
dc.subjectschoolen
dc.subjectadolescenceen
dc.subjectteachersen
dc.subjectpastoral careen
dc.titleDeliberate self-harm in adolescence: report of a research project in some English schoolsen
dc.typeOtheren
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.nameEuropean Conference on Educational Research-
dc.conference.locationGeneva-
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