Biological and Psychosocial Findings (IN: Bodies Under Siege: Self-Mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry, by A R Favazza 2nd Edition)
Favazza A R
This chapter examines the biological, psychological, & social dynamics of self-mutilation. It begins with an account of biological studies. Childhood experiences of self-mutilators are then examined, especially the controversial issues of sexual & physical abuse, followed by a discussion of the relationship between suicide & self-mutilation. Numerous psychological theories & mechanisms that are operative in self-mutilation are discussed. The focus of the chapter then shifts to the role of social mechanisms. The discussion concludes with personal comments by the author & a brief list of summary statements.