Self-Harm Research Paper

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HSER 281
Self-harm Research Proposal

Directed Studies: Methods Jaime Gresley-Jones Student# 111835

Faculty: Deb Wandler Submitted: February 23, 2010

I have chosen the issue of self-harm because I want to know more about the clients that suffer from it. People who suffer from mental health are a big issue for society and they need to be respected and treated like everyone else is. Self-harm is not something people do because they want to, but instead Self-harm is a subject I don't feel we will be covering in school in the near future and I wanted to research it as a way to learn more about this disease. The second reason I have for researching this subject is that I usually choose subjects I have been, or might be faced with in my personal life. Two weeks ago my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and while he is not currently a self-harmer there is a chance he could become one. In my desires a as helper as well as in my goals I want to work with clients who might be seen as harder to work with, or who maybe aren't a social workers first choice. I don't feel like anyone is ever to far gone or a lost case, and those are the clients I am drawn to. The people who suffer from mental illness, addictions, homelessness, eating disorders, and self-harm are the people I think I can be the most help to because of my compassion, empathy, and drive to help.

Self-harm is defined as intentional injuring of body tissue without the desire of suicide. The most commonly seen forms of self-harm is skin cutting but self-harm can also take the forms of burning,...
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