Year: 1998 Source: New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1998. p.189-199 SIEC No: 19980039

This study used a quasi-experimental design to compare 71 prisoners who self-harmed & 71 prisoners who denied ever having self-harmed in prison. The types of stressors, levels of distress, coping strategies & their effectiveness were studied. The most common stressor for the self-harm group was isolation from family or other supports. This group rated their overall coping strategies as less effective than the comparison group. 3 possible interpretations of the study findings are presented.