Understanding deliberate self harm : an enquiry into attempted suicide

by Marianne Wyder

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Degree: PhD
Year: 0
Keywords: suicidal behaviour; mental health services, Australia
Record ID: 1045180
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/644


This study focused on the quantitative and qualitative aspects of suicidal behaviour of 90 people who had come to the attention of the Accident and Emergency Department of Westmead Hospital, Sydney, N.S.W., after an attempt to harm themselves. The risk factors identified in the study were combined with the circumstances and motive of attempt. Participants were regrouped according to whether the problems the respondent described were chronic (longstanding) or acute (pivotal). The participants were further classified according to the persistence of thoughts of self-harm ( impulsive or non-impulsive/deliberate) and the presence or absence of these feelings at the time of the interview (the resolution of the attempt) and the types of problems/situations and triggering events the person described as wanting to escape. By developing strategies and treatments for the problems as they were identified in this study and by raising the awareness that there is help available for these different issues, we may be able to reduce the pain which results in an attempt to self harm. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)