10. Self-inflicted Injuries and Associated Psychological Profiles

  1. John Gall2 and
  2. Jason Payne-James3
  1. John Gall2,
  2. R. Goldney1 and
  3. Jason Payne-James3

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470973158.ch10

Current Practice in Forensic Medicine

Current Practice in Forensic Medicine

How to Cite

Gall, J., Goldney, R. and Payne-James, J. (2011) Self-inflicted Injuries and Associated Psychological Profiles, in Current Practice in Forensic Medicine (eds J. Gall and J. Payne-James), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470973158.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia

  2. 3

    London Hospital Medical College, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    Royal Children's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 3

    London Hospital Medical College, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 4 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470744871

Online ISBN: 9780470973158

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • self-inflicted injuries - and associated psychological profiles;
  • group of self-harmers, in forensic settings - more investigative time and money in assessing allegations;
  • clinical forensic perspective, dealing with live persons - groups of self-harmers encountered;
  • spectrum of self-inflicted injury - from non-suicidal, deliberate self-harm to completed suicide;
  • forensic approach to potential self-infliction - known psychiatric basis for behaviour, and mental health conditions, where such behaviour occurs;
  • injuries, atypical for self-infliction - issues of mental health status of complainant;
  • psychiatric aspects of self-harm - suicidal intent, minimal or absent, terminology used varying enormously;
  • lesser degrees of physical injury - and personality disorders;
  • ritual mutilation of sexual organs, both male and female - practised in different cultures;
  • epidemiology of self-harm, a challenge - self-harm, rare before puberty, appearing to peak during adolescence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Forensic aspects of self-harm

  • Psychiatric aspects of self-harm

  • Epidemiology

  • Classifi cation of self-harm

  • The clinical dilemma

  • Management

  • Long-term outcome

  • Conclusion

  • References