Title: Self-harm and Non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) Tendencies Among Children: Effect of an Intervention Program
Stream: Psychology and Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Ma. Dominique Sta. Cruz, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Philippines
Self-harm according to research is an increasing global concern, which is not just of today. It has been beginning to be alarming that in the recent generation self-harm and Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious (NSSI) behavior have been rampant especially in the younger ages. This study aims to determine the prevalence of self-harm and non-suicidal self- injury tendencies and the common form of self-harm among those who are in late childhood up to the earlier years of adolescence. Moreover, this action research also gauges the overall psychological distress of the respondents in the dimensions such as subjective well-being, problems and symptoms, life functioning and, risk and harm. It was participated by 301 school-going adolescents under ages 9 to 11 years old and employing a standardized self-report questionnaire (Clinical Outcomes Result Evaluation). The findings indicate that the most common form of self-harm is cutting (71.43%). Results also show that the dimension risk and harm determines an individual being at risk to themselves or others by having thoughts of hurting oneself. Findings suggest that prevention program such as wellness intervention can be developed and implemented to promote skills to minimize risk-taking behavior such self-harm and self-injury.
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