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Self-Injury in Youth
The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention

ISBN 9781138872844
Published April 23, 2015 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This edited volume features evidence-based reviews and practical approaches for the professional in the hospital, clinic, community and school, with case examples throughout. Divided into five major sections, the book offers background historical and cultural information, discussion of self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues, and relevant resources for those working with youths who self-injure.

Table of Contents

Nixon, Heath, Introduction to Non-suicidal Self-Injury. Part I: Background Information. Heath, Schaub, Holly, Nixon, Self-Injury Today: Review of Population and Clinical Studies. Lloyd-Richardson, Nock, Prinstein, Functions of Adolescent NSSI.  Part II: Etiology of Self-Injury. Klonsky, Glenn, Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors. Lofthouse, Muehlenkamp, Adler, Non-suicidal Self-Injury and Co-occurrence. Osuch, Payne, Neurobiological Perspectives on Self-Injury. Part III: Effective Practice for Self-Injury in Youth. Cloutier, Humphreys, Measurement of NSSI in Adolescents. Heath, Nixon, Assessment of NSSI in Youth. Whitlock, Knox, Intervention and Prevention in the Community. Lieberman, Toste, Heath, Prevention and Intervention for NSSI in the Schools. Nixon, Aulakh, Townsend, Atherton, Psychosocial Interventions for Adolescents. Vale, Nixon, Kucharski, Working with Families and Adolescents with NSSI. Lofthouse, Katz, Adolescent NSSI in an Inpatient Setting. Plener, Libal, Nixon, Use of Medication in the Treatment of NSSI in Youth. Toste, Holly, Schaub, Resource Guide for Working with Youth. Heath, Nixon, Concluding Comments from Editors.

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Mary K. Nixon, M.D., FRCPC, is Course Director at the University of Victoria Island Medical Program. Her teaching experience has included problem based tutorials, clinical teaching with medical students and residents, and research mentorship. Dr. Nixon is also the Editor of the Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review.

Nancy L. Heath, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Special Populations/Inclusive Education Program at McGill University. She was appointed as a Fellow in the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities in 2001 and is currently the Editor of the Academy's Newsletter.


"At the outset, it should be said that this book is one of the most important thus far on the challenging subject of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Any researcher who strives to understand self-injury or any practitioner who tries to alleviate self-injury should have this volume close at hand as it is an indispensable reference."  - Barent Walsh, Ph.D., in Psychiatric Services