Year: 1981 Source: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, v.45, no.5, (1981), p.428-438 SIEC No: 19840656

It has become more apparent that most repetitive body mutilations do not have suicidal intent. Self-mutilators may sometimes be more suicidal but they cognitively distinguish their mutilative activities from suicide attempts. In this paper the incidence of a number of variables among young self-mutilators is documented. This paper does provide some reasons for self-mutilative behaviour which is supported by the data at hand. (TC)