Experience of self-harm and its treatment in looked-after young people: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Wadman, R., Armstrong, M., Clarke, D., Harroe, C., Majumder, P., Sayal, K., Vostanis, P. and Townsend, E. (2017) Experience of self-harm and its treatment in looked-after young people: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Archives of Suicide Research, 22 (3). pp. 365-379. ISSN 1381-1118

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Objectives: We report the first Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis examination of self-harm and experience of clinical services in young people in the public care system. Methods: Qualitative interviews with 24 looked-after young people. Results: Prevalent themes were 1) Changes in care placement, 2) Feelings of anger, 3) Not wanting/feeling able to talk, 4) Developing coping techniques, 5) Clinical services: A relational mixed bag (subthemes: feeling (i) patronised, not listened to, (ii) nothing being done, (iii) comfortable/able to talk). Conclusions: Placement change and anger were highly salient to self-harm in this group and experiences of clinical services depended on individual relationships with clinicians. Implications include increasing compassion in therapeutic relationships, recognizing and managing emotional dysregulation and increasing support during placement changes.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/881317
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Archives of Suicide Research on 7 September 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13811118.2017.1355286
Keywords: self-harm; interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA): looked-after young people; adolescence; qualitative methods
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1355286
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:05
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43229

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