Reflections on research with self-harm self-help groups

Boyce, Melanie J. and Munn-Giddings, Carol (2020) Reflections on research with self-harm self-help groups. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 21 (1). ISSN 1746-6105

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Abstract

Self-harm remains an area where misconceptions and assumptions continue to prevail, with many people who self-harm reporting feelings of shame, guilt and stigma. Frustration with the behaviourist models that tend to dominate the management of self-harm in statutory services has contributed to the development of self-harm self-help groups, by those with direct experience, as a viable alternative form of support. However, due to concerns some professionals have raised about the safety and value of self-harm self-help groups they largely occupy a marginal position, as a viable source of informal support. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to reflect upon some of the challenges we faced when undertaking research with self-harm self-help groups. Our reflections question the uncritically positioning of certain groups as marginal and suggest that a more nuanced interpretation is required, to avoid simply continuing to position groups of people as being on the margins.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: self-harm, self-help groups, stigma, hard to reach, marginal, reflections
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 10:17
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 14:38
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704328

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