12.30-1.30pm, Fri 31st March 2017
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Professor Ellen Townsend, Professor of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Fellow of the International Academy of Suicide Research, University of Melbourne Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Self-harm is a significant problem in looked-after young people (looked-after in care homes or by foster parents). Despite this there have been very few studies which have investigated self-harm in this vulnerable population. We used a mixed-methods approach – Audio Computer Self-Interview (n=126), face-to-face qualitative interviews (n=24) and the Card Sort Task for Self-Harm (CaTS) (n=45)) in order to investigate (i) the factors that lead looked-after young people to self-harm, (ii) what maintains self-harm and (iii) what might promote recovery from self-harm. We worked closely with an advisory group of young people with lived- experience of self-harm throughout the project. Results of the study will be discussed in the context of developing policies, interventions and services for young people who self-harm.