Stigma towards non-suicidal self-harm: evaluating a brief educational intervention.

Gibson, Rebecca, Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X and Houghton, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-4978-921X (2019) Stigma towards non-suicidal self-harm: evaluating a brief educational intervention. British journal of nursing, 28 (5). pp. 307-312. ISSN 0966-0461

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Health professionals' attitudes towards self-harming behaviour are predominantly negative. Research examining educational interventions to change negative attitudes is limited. This study aimed to provide an educational intervention for student nurses to change negative attitudes around self-harm. attitudes around self-harm and mental health in general were assessed through the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale and the Mental Health Attitude Scale. Fifty-five adult nursing students took part in the 45-minute intervention. This included facts and figures, celebrity stories and personal stories regarding self-harm, all intended to increase understanding. After the intervention, attitudes measured by the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale had improved significantly. patients who self-harm will without doubt continue to experience negative attitudes from health professionals. This study shows an educational intervention can change attitudes towards those who self-harm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes, Education, Mental health stigma, Self-harm
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 09:29
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2019 09:29
Identification Number: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.5.307

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