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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2005 Apr;75(2):324-33.

Self-injurious behavior as a separate clinical syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA.


The field of clinical psychology may benefit from adopting a deliberate self-injury syndrome as a distinct disorder for representation in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.; American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The phenomenological and empirical data supporting a deliberate self-injury syndrome are reviewed, and arguments for and against the adoption of a distinct syndrome are explored.

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