Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
James M. Henson
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the deliberate destruction of body tissue without the intent to commit suicide. The present study applied public stigma, self stigma, and secrecy of Modified Labeling Theory to NSSI help seeking and psychological well-being.
Results from 576 adult women indicate that satisfaction with mental health providers is higher than with medical providers, that stigma was not higher among those who haven't sought help, and that past and future help seeking are related. Neither public nor self stigma predicted help-seeking, and the relationship between stigma and psychological well-being is not mediated by secrecy. The most salient constructs associated with helps seeking were secrecy and desire to stop self-harm. Future directions and clinical implications are discussed.
"Stigmatization as a Barrier to Help-Seeking Among Individuals Who Engage in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury"
(2011). Master of Science (MS), thesis, Psychology, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/0sv4-v388