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Season 1 | Episode 7

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Season 1 | Episode 7

Disclosures of Self-Injury

Feb 26, 2021

with Dr. Brooke Ammerman

Disclosures of Self-Injurywith Dr. Brooke Ammerman
00:00 / 01:04

What are some common reasons people give for choosing to disclose their self-injury? How do positive and negative reactions affect someone’s willingness to disclose their self-injury or self-harm in the future and their likelihood of discontinuing their self-injury? In this episode, Dr. Ammerman shares findings from her research in which individuals who self-injure share their answers to these questions. She also explains why only providing "tangible aid" such as offering to help someone who self-injures get medical help or referring them to a mental health professional may not always be all that helpful.

Learn more about Dr. Ammerman and her work in the Affect, Suicide, Self-Injury, and Social Triggers (ASSIST) Lab at Below are links to some of her research referenced in this episode:

The development of a measure to assess social reactions to self-injury disclosure

How should we respond to non-suicidal self-injury disclosures?: An examination of perceived reactions to disclosure, depression, and suicide risk

Characterizing the choice to disclose nonsuicidal self‐injury

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