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Self-injury and readiness to recover: Preliminary examination of components of the stages of change model

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The purpose of this study was to examine non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) recovery through the lens of the transtheoretical model of stages of change. To do this, a content analysis of online posts about NSSI from 73 participants (M age = 19.4; SDage = 5.49) with a history or NSSI was performed. Specifically, two rubrics were used. The first examined stages of change and the other positive and negative views toward NSSI recovery. Results indicated that a preponderance of posts was in the precontemplation (39.7%) and contemplation (52.1%) stages. Individuals in the contemplation stage mentioned significantly more disadvantages than advantages to change compared to those in the precontemplation stage. Overall, the current study provides preliminary evidence for the utility of stages of change when conceptualizing NSSI recovery. Implications for research and practice are addressed.
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Keywords: internet; non-suicidal self-injury; recovery; self-harm; stages of Change

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

Publication date: October 2, 2015

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