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J Correct Health Care. 2010 Jan;16(1):48-66. doi: 10.1177/1078345809348212. Epub 2009 Oct 26.

Self-injurious behavior in correctional settings.

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Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA.


This article reviews the literature concerning self-injury among criminal offenders. It describes many of the problems, barriers, and obstacles to effective assessment and treatment of self-injury and discusses the absence of a clear paradigm within which to develop a classification system and standardized nomenclature to describe the spectrum of self-injurious behaviors. This article distinguishes between self-injury resulting from suicidal versus nonsuicidal intent, presents treatment strategies for managing each, and concludes with a proposed set of eight recommended goals for creating a national strategy to develop self-injury programming in correctional settings.

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