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Season 2 | Episode 28

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Season 2 | Episode 28

Self-Injury Under Age 12

Aug 31, 2022

with Dr. Imke Baetens & Lisa Van Hove

Self-Injury Under Age 12with Dr. Imke Baetens & Lisa Van Hove
00:00 / 01:04

Just how prevalent is self-injury among children under age 12?  Do the types and methods they use differ from those who self-injure at other ages? What about the reasons they give for self-injuring? In this episode, Dr. Imke Baetens and PhD candidate Lisa Van Hove from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University) discuss the prevalence of self-injury and self-harm among children under age 12 and how parents can talk to their young children about the behavior. 

To learn more about the International Consortium on Self-Injury in Educational Settings (ICSES), visit Learn more about Dr. Baetens at To see her publications, click here, and to learn more about her work at the Brussels University Consultation Center (BUCC), visit Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn here. Below are some of their research referenced in this episode: 

  1. Baetens, I., Decruy, C., Vatandoost, S., Vanderhaegen, B., & Kiekens, G. (2020). School-based prevention targeting non-suicidal self-injury: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 437.

  2. Van Hove, L., Baetens, I., Simundic, A., Bloom, E., & Heath, N. (in press). NSSI in elementary school children. In E. E. Lloyd-Richardson, I. Baetens & J. Whitlock (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury. Oxford University Press.

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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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