Year: 2000 Source: Qualitative Health Research, v.10, no.2, (March 2000), p.164-173 SIEC No: 20050476

The author undertook a correspondence study with 6 women who regularly self-harmed. The women claimed that medical & nursing professionals viewed their self-harm as irrational & illogical. However, the author argues that a qualitative examination of the motivations & interests of all parties reveals that self-harm acts possess situated internal logic, whereas professionals tend to use rational logic in attempting to understand them. Differences between suicide & self-harm are discussed. (11 refs)