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Definition of the noun Self-harm

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  1. The deliberate non-suicidal injuring of one's body.


"Self-Harm" is a book by Fiona Gardner.


Self-harm or deliberate self-harm includes self-injury and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue most often done without suicidal intentions. These terms are used in the more recent literature in an attempt to reach a more neutral terminology. The older literature, especially that which predates the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, almost exclusively refers to self-mutilation. The term self-harm is synonymous with the term self-injury.

  • also known as Self injury, Deliberate self-harm, DSH, SH, Self injury information

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Self-harm

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Google previewAttachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents (2015)

Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders by Niki Gomez-Perales

Managing self-harm is an early task that balances safety and control. Although self-harm is a maladaptive coping strategy, it's still a coping strategy. It isn't easy for some of our clients to give up self-harming. Creating external controls to ...

Google previewCutting and Self-Harm (2009)

by Heather Barnett Veague, Christine Elaine Collins

For some, self-harm is a cry for help and might be a first step to a suicide attempt. For others, self-harm is a coping mechanism that makes life more bearable. Self- harm can be used as a voice; an external expression of internal pain.

Google previewClinical Gerontological Social Work Practice (2014)

by Robert Youdin, PhD, LCSW

Self-harm is a problem usually associated with young people and rarely thought of as occurring with older people. However, even though the incidence in adults older than 65 is approximately 5%, it does not mean that self- harm is ...

Google previewSelf Harm (2005)

by Louise Roxanne Pembroke

Self-harm is a painful but understandable response to distress, particularly in Western culture.

Google previewSelf-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools (2015)

A Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support by Pooky Knightsmith

A key benefit of taking the time to teach your students about eating disorders and self-harm is that this will make them realize that you think these issues are important topics worth talking about and which you are not scared to discuss openly.

Google previewTeen to Teen (2013)

365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys by Patti M. Hummel

—Leviticus 19:28 Self-harm is a very sensitive subject for many teens, because so many struggle with it or know someone who does. Everyone who suffers from this horrible choice to try to ease the pain inside them needs a friend, one who ...

Google previewDictionary of Prisons and Punishment (2013)

by Yvonne Jewkes, Jamie Bennett

Prison Service's website SELF-HARM Self-harm is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2013)

by John Harris, Vicky White

Deliberate self-harm refers to acts that are specifically intended to cause injury and that are associated with psychological or emotional distress.

Google previewNational Community Services Data Dictionary, version 7: 2012

Self-harm ideation in the last 12 months Identifying and definitional attributes Metadata item type: Data Element Technical name: Person—self-harm ideation in the last 12 months, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N METeOR ...

Google previewBlackwell's Nursing Dictionary (2013)

by Dawn Freshwater, Sian Masiln-Prothero

self-harm: See. DELIBERATE. SELF-HARM. self-help: The action or faculty of providing for oneself without assistance from others. self-image: The total concept , idea, or mental image one has of oneself and of one's role in society: the person ...

Google previewDictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011)

by Joel B. Green

Self-harm is the act of deliberately inflicting some form of physical injury to oneself. It is also sometimes called “self-injury,” “self-mutilation,” or (less often and causing far more stigma) “parasuicide.” Self-harm can be done by actions directly ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

self-attack See deliberate self-harm syndrome. self-awareness self-control self-directed exposure self-dynamism The fabric of the motivational self-effacement See body image.

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

self-harm deliberate damage to one's own body. People ...

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