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Cutting across boundaries: a case study using feminist praxis to understand the meanings of self-harm

McAndrew, S and Warne, T 2005, 'Cutting across boundaries: a case study using feminist praxis to understand the meanings of self-harm' , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 14 (3) , pp. 172-180.

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Abstract

Deliberate self-harm predominantly occurs in women under the age of 30 years. This qualitative case study using feminist methods explored the experiences of three women who each had a long history of self-harming behaviour. Psychoanalytical concepts are used to explore the meaning of the conflicts that these women experience. Emergent themes include: great expectations, I speak but no one hears, sexual naivety meets sexual violence, and redrawing the sexual map. This thematic analysis helps facilitate an insight into what these women are trying to communicate, and provides guidance for mental health professionals to more effectively respond to the challenges of working with women who self-harm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health, psychoanalysis, self-harm, women
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 10343780
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007 10:19
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/84

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