Year: 2014 Source: Health, Risk & Society.(2012).14(5):445-464. DOI:10.1080/13698575.2012.697130 SIEC No: 20140300

The present paper discusses the accounts of their self-hurting given by a sample of 25 UK adults who had not been in contact with health or other services for this reason. The analysis focused on three value issues: the positive gains which motivated research participants to self-hurt; their own active efforts to mitigate associated risks; and the longer-term downsides which some respondents identified.