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Title: The impact of the internet on self-harm
Author: Precious, Yasmine
Awarding Body: University of Hertfordshire
Current Institution: University of Hertfordshire
Date of Award: 2009
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This study aimed to investigate the qualitative nature of two different self-harm internet websites (professionally-led and user-led websites) using thematic content analysis (TCA). The second phase of the study posted questionnaires onto both websites to explore participants’ experiences of using self-harm websites and to investigate any relationships between the cultures of the websites and participants’ reports from the questionnaires. The second part of the questionnaire investigated individuals’ views regarding the type of professional support they would ideally like to receive for help with their self-harm. Particular interest was placed on respondents’ views on internet-based ‘professional’ help and whether they regarded it more or less beneficial than traditional face-to-face support (e.g. community mental health teams). The TCA revealed similar cultures between the professionally-led and user led self-harm websites and some subtle thematic differences. The majority of participants’ responses to the questionnaire revealed that they would favour internet based support for self-harm, moderated by both professionals and trained service-uses over face-to-face support. The limitations of the study were noted, with suggestions for future research. Finally, important implications of the research findings for service delivery were provided.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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