Master of Arts (MA)
<--Please Select Program Name/Specialization-->
Faculty of Arts
Dr. Debra Langan
Dr. Carrie Sanders
Non- suicidal self-injury, commonly referred to as NSSI, is defined as the damage of one’s body tissue through the practices of, but not limited to, cutting, burning, branding, bone-breaking, biting, hair pulling and head banging (Adler & Adler, 2011), without suicidal intent (Lewis & Mehrabkhani, 2016). Self-harm literature has primarily focused on persistence processes and NSSI-related online interaction in the maintenance of pro self-harm ideology and practice. Alternatively, this research will provide insight into desistance processes of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and related online interactions by conducting a virtual ethnography (Hine, 2000) of open, online spaces, consistent with the symbolic interactionist perspective (Blumer, 1969) that guided this project. Specifically, the research project seeks to understand how individuals describe their experiences with maintaining and stopping self-harm in online self-harm support forums and how they use these forums during the exit phases of their self-harm. Most notably, this research project offers insight into the significance of this online activity for our traditional notions of desistance in offline contexts.
Volpe, Claudia, "A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF ONLINE SELF-HARM SUPPORT FORUMS: EXAMINING USERS’ ONLINE ACTIVITIES DURING SELF-HARM DESISTANCE PROCESSES" (2018). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 2094.