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

Wadman, R. and Armstrong, M. and Clarke, D. and Harroe, C. and Majumder, P. and Sayal, K. and Vostanis, P. and Townsend, E. (2015) Experience of self-harm and its treatment in looked-after young people: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Archives of Suicide Research . ISSN 1381-1118 (In Press)

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Abstract

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
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
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 09:55
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43229

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