The Self-Injury Experiences of Young Adult Women: Implications for Counseling


Department of Counseling and Human Services, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University, 110 Education Building, Norfolk, VA 23529 (e-mail:


Many counselors lack a clear understanding of the phenomenon of self-injury. This article presents results of a qualitative study examining the experiences of young adult women who engage in self-injurious behaviors. Interpretation of the participants' narrative data offers insight into the value of a humanistic approach to counseling this population.