Year: 1975 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.127, (1975), p.127-132 SIEC No: 19841533

The purposes of this study were: to elicit the clinical & biographical features of non-psychotic, female, repeated self-cutters; to attempt a detailed study of the patients’ mental state at the time of the act; to test a prediction that self-cutters exhibit a marked obsessional trait; and to examine the possible relationship between self mutilation, obsessionality & narcissism.