Deliberate self-harm in children and young people: a literature review of their parents' experiences

Wright, Rachel (2009) Deliberate self-harm in children and young people: a literature review of their parents' experiences. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    To undertake a literature review of qualitative research on the experiences of parents caring for their children who deliberately self-harm. To explore the experiences of these parents, systematically reviewing qualitative studies from 1994-2008. A systematic review of health and non health bibliographic databases, complemented by a hand search of key journals and grey literature was carried out. The search strategy located 7 studies and these were included in the analysis. The review methodology used a thematic and narrative approach to identifying common themes across the studies. An analysis of the selected studies found that the impact on parents of caring for their child's self-harm results in a number of emotional responses and difficulties, and that these experiences were commonly reported across the studies. A synthesis of the data collected identified four main themes relating to the parents’ experiences, and this has helped to provide a deeper insight into the ways in which the self-harming behaviour of their child affects their well-being and that of their families. This review demonstrates that synthesising qualitative research can contribute to a richer understanding of the emotional and practical issues which characterise the lives of parents whose children self-harm. It is hoped that these results can contribute towards a clearer understanding of the experiences of parents and the types of support that can be developed to assist them.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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