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Title: A qualitative study of how legal guardians experience deliberate self-harm among adolescents under their custody
Authors: Galea, R.
Galea, Michael
Keywords: Self-injurious behavior in adolescence
Self-destructive behavior in adolescence
Self-mutilation in adolescence -- Treatment
Parasuicide -- Psychological aspects
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Galea, R., & Galea, M. (2018). A qualitative study of how legal guardians experience deliberate self-harm among adolescents under their custody. 26th European Congress of Psychiatry European Psychiatry [Abstracts], 48, EV0090, S376-S377.
Abstract: This study was conducted in partial fulfillment of amaster’s degree at the University of Malta. Background.– Deliberate Self-Harm is the intentional act of causing harm to oneself in the absence of suicidal intentionality, however it’s repetitive nature increases the risk of fatality having severe repercussions on global public health. The overall aim was to explore the lived experience of legal guardians of adolescents who deliberately self-harm. Method.– Heideggerian Hermeneutic Phenomenology underpinned the study while Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis guided the extrapolation and interpretation of results. Four participants and one pilot study were recruited, consisting of mothers in care of adolescents who received care from the Child Guidance Unit and engaged in Deliberate Self-Harm in the past year. In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out and transcripts were produced. These were analysed and themes were extrapolated through abstraction. Results.– Results demonstrated the anguish and distress experienced by legal guardians due to social, financial and familial circumstances faced. Guilt and feelings of defenselessness and helplessness were reported as devastating while trying to cope and maintain an adequate level of function-ability. Discussion.– The background of these individuals and socioeconomic factors hugely impact the development of their circumstances, however the dedication of these legal guardians assisted them in enduring their difficult familial stresses. Conclusion.– Further support and education for the legal guardians should be provided from the psychiatric services. Studies recruiting adolescents coming from different cultural backgrounds and investigating any possible discrepancies and a longitudinal study exploring the skills learned and satisfaction gained from services utilized should be conducted.
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