Working with clients who self-injure: A grounded theory approach

Julia L. Whisenhunt, Catherine Y. Chang, Lea R. Flowers, Gregory L. Brack, Caroline O'Hara, Tara C. Raines

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This article presents the findings of a qualitative study examining the experiences of counselors in their work with clients who self-injure. Using grounded theory methodology, the authors established 6 categories to explain the counselors' conceptualization of self-injury and their process of working with these clients: (a) external factors to self-injury, (b) defining self-injury, (c) potential for harm, (d) conditions for treatment, (e) counselors' reactions to working with clients who self-injure, and (f) clients' response to treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-397
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Grounded theory
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Professional counseling
  • Self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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