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Title: "You get hardened to it" : nurses' experience of working with severe and frequent self-injury
Author: Boyd, Elizabeth
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2010
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This study explored the subjective experience of nurses working with female inpatients engaging in frequent and severe self-injury. Instances of self-injury within female secure inpatient hospitals include scratching of the skin, selfligation and removal of body parts. Six nurses working at a high secure hospital in England were interviewed using interpretative phenomenological analysis methodology. From the data, two super-ordinate themes were established; ‘Experiencing of affect’ and ‘containing processes’. ‘Experiencing of affect’ involved the sub themes: ‘fear of patient death, ‘state of perturbation’ and ‘culmination of stress’. The theme ‘containing processes’ involved sub-themes: ‘Habituation’ (toward the self-injury), ‘enjoyment of the job’, ‘establishing boundaries’ and ‘peer support’. It was hypothesised that these latter themes provided some containment for nurses’ distress or protection from the negative impacts of working with self-injury. These findings differ somewhat from existing literature on professionals working with self-injury. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings for nursing practice when working with self-injury are considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: C800 Psychology