Author(s): Connors R
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Abstract Self-injury is increasingly linked to traumatic childhood experiences, and is identified in this paper as a means by which some trauma survivors cope with post-traumatic effects. It is proposed that self-injury serves a number of functions, organized here into four categories: re-enactment of the original trauma, expression of feelings and needs, reorganization of the self, and management of dissociative process.
This article was published in Am J Orthopsychiatry
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy