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Season 2 | Episode 27

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Season 2 | Episode 27

Self-Injury Over Age 40

Jul 29, 2022

with Dr. Sarah Swannell

Self-Injury Over Age 40with Dr. Sarah Swannell
00:00 / 01:04

What is the prevalence of self-injury among adults over age 40? And what differentiates those who report having stopped self-injuring from those who continue to self-injure? How do they differ from those under age 25 who self-injure, including related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Sarah Swannell from Australia discusses the prevalence of self-injury and self-harm among individuals over age 40 and stigma around the behavior.

Learn more about Dr. Swannell and her work at Below are links to some of her research referenced in this episode: 

  1. Martin, G., Swannell, S. V., Hazell, P. L., Harrison, J. E., & Taylor, A. W. (2010). Self-injury in Australia: a community survey. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(9), 506-510. (Australian National Epidemiological Study of Self-Injury [ANESSI])

  2. Troya, M. I., Dikomitis, L., Babatunde, O. O., Bartlam, B., & Chew-Graham, C. A. (2019). Understanding self-harm in older adults: A qualitative study. EClinical Medicine, 12, 52-61.

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The Psychology of Self-Injury podcast has been rated #5 by Feedspot in their "Best 20 Clinical Psychology Podcasts" and by Welp Magazine in their "20 Best Injury Podcasts."

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