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The Psychopathology of Incarcerated Self-Mutilators


Haines, J and Williams, CL and Brain, KL, The Psychopathology of Incarcerated Self-Mutilators, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 40, (9) pp. 514-522. ISSN 0706-7437 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/070674379504000903


Objective: To investigate the symptomatology of severe psychopathology reported by male incarcerated self-mutilators. Method: Comparisons were made with a nonmutilating incarcerated group and a nonincarcerated, nonmutilator group. Results: A distinctive pattern of symptomatology emerged. Self-mutilators evidenced a wide range of elevated scores on general measures of psychological/psychiatric symptoms, particularly depression and hostility. Aspects of hostility that distinguished self-mutilators from other groups included the urge to act out hostile feelings, critical feelings towards others, paranoid feelings of hostility and guilt. Selfmutilators demonstrated substantial problems with substance abuse, particularly alcohol. Conclusion: A pattern of passive-aggressive, schizoid and avoidant personality styles distinguished self-mutilators from other groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Haines, J (Dr Janet Haines)
UTAS Author:Williams, CL (Dr Christopher Williams)
UTAS Author:Brain, KL (Ms Brain)
ID Code:4520
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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