Year: 1996 Source: Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. p.261-287 SIEC No: 20011045

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.