National survey of self injurious behaviors in prison, 2008 (Kaminski, Smith)

Self-injurious behaviors are defined as “the deliberate destruction or alteration of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent” (Favazza, 1989, p. 137; see also Favazza & Rosenthal, 1993,for discussion).Within incarcerated populations the “typical” manifestation of self-injury involves inmates cutting themselves with or without an object or inserting objects into their bodies.

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