Self-Injury Groups on Facebook

Kendra D. Niwa, Michael N. Mandrusiak


The present study examines the interactions within 4 Facebook groups devoted to supporting people who self-injure. Content analysis was used to analyze posts made to the group during the 3-month period of the study to explore the nature of interactions and the frequency of themes. High prevalence themes included responses to verbal abuse against those who self-injure (16.8%), the discussion of personal issues without directly requesting support (11.2%), and offers of direct support to other group members (11.0%). Notable phenomena and implications for treatment are discussed.


self-harm; self-injury; counselling;

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