Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, v. 29, no. 12, (1991), p. 19-25 SIEC No: 19920101

This article describes the problem of self-injury among psychiatric patients. Self-injury may become treatment resistant, repetitious & chronic, & cause serious management problems. The author suggests behavior modification based on a learning & psychological theory of anxiety. She asserts that self-mutilation may involve a conscious or unconscious suicide wish, therefore a suicide assessment is required even if ideation is denied. Mutilation due to religious beliefs is also outlined. (VM)