The good, the bad and the ugly: experiences of self-injury
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The good, the bad and the ugly: experiences of self-injury

Helen Duperouzel Clinical governance support, Calderstones NHS Trust, Whalley, Lancashire
Paul Moores Service user, Calderstones NHS Trust

Paul, a service user with learning disabilities in a medium-secure unit, was asked if he would describe his experiences of self-injury in an attempt to foster better understanding among nurses. Helen Duperouzel and Paul Moores describe the question-and-answer sessions that resulted

Nurses’ attitudes towards people who self-injure can be negative and often interfere with therapeutic relationships with service users. Prevention, with the aim of stopping self-injury, remains the goal of many nursing interventions and some nurses still believe that the function of self-injury is to seek attention from staff. These views are often fuelled by a lack of understanding and when providing any staff training these negative attitudes need to be addressed (Duperouzel and Fish 2007).

Learning Disability Practice. 12, 1,21-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.02.12.1.21.c6854

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