Monday, March 20, 2017
New Open Access Paper: Who engages with self-injury related Internet sites and what do they gain?
Many social media pages, discussion boards and information pages have sections dedicated to self-injury. However, mental health professionals report concerns that some content may be detrimental to self-injury recovery. This hypothesis driven cross-sectional research examined who accesses such sites, and what they believe they gain. An online questionnaire was completed by 199 participants (78.4% female; 55% university students,45% from social media). We examined relationships between Internet use, self-injurious behaviours, stigma, help-seeking, perceived social support and self-validation.
The study suggests associations between having more serious self-injury, being more troubled, and seeking access to Internet self-injury sites.
Kaukiainen, A. & Martin, G., (2017). Who engages with self-injury related Internet sites
and what do they gain? Suicidology Online 8: 66-77.