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Lecture 9

Lecture 9 Self Injurious Behaviour.docx

Social Sci, Edu and Soc Work - Sociology
Course Code
SOCY 276
Stacey Alarie

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Self Injurious Behaviour
Deliberate alteration of body
Non suicidal destruction
Self mutilation
Coveys moral message
Self injury is least judgmental
Most used by those who engage
All inclusive definition
Range of behaviours
Branding, burning, biting, scratching, hitting, hair pulling, cutting
There have been shifts in its understanding and position in public knowledge
Unknown to the public until 1990’s
Increased awareness
Media involvement
Caused greater understanding
Shifts from medical / psychological to sociological interpretation
Used to be thought of as a disease
No control
Was irrational
Sociological Perspective – What We Learned
Discovery of Self Injury
Learned in 1990s
Learned from others, friends
Behaviours were taught
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