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A guide for clinicians describing the key results of a qualitative study designed to explore explore the experiences and perceptions of parents/carers of young people who self-harm, and aims to assist clinicians in helping families navigate through this experience.

This downloadable research summary provides information for clinicians about parents' experiences of their child's self-harm.

At least 10% of adolescents self-harm. The impact on their families can be devastating and can include emotional distress, shame, and helplessness. This guide describes the key results of a qualitative study designed to explore the experiences and perceptions of parents/carers of young people who self-harm, and aims to assist clinicians in helping families navigate through this experience. Information on sources of help for parents and carers is provided at the end of the guide. Semi-structured narrative interviews were conducted with 37 parents of young people aged up to 25 years who had self-harmed. The participants came from across England, Scotland and Wales. Once transcribed, the interviews were analysed for key themes.

 

 

This guide summarises independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (Grant Reference Number RP-PG-0610-10026). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.