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Season 1 | Episode 4

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Season 1 | Episode 4

Self-Injury Stigma and Language

Jan 15, 2021

with Dr. Penelope Hasking

Self-Injury Stigma and Languagewith Dr. Penelope Hasking
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What are common ways we talk about self-injury or self-harm that may inadvertently perpetuate stigma about the behavior and those who engage in it? In this episode, Dr. Hasking offers a unique way of thinking about words like "contagious" and "recovery." She also provides insights into the pros and cons of including a Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Disorder as a potential formal diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Learn more about self-injury and Dr. Hasking's work at Shedding Light on Self-Injury( Below are links to some of her research referenced in this episode:

Cutting words: A commentary on language and stigma in the context of nonsuicidal self-injury

Self-injury recovery: A person-centered framework

Stigma and nonsuicidal self-injury: Application of a conceptual framework

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