The presentation of self-harm recovery: A thematic analysis of YouTube videos

Ryan-Vig, S., Gavin, Jeffery and Rodham, Karen (2019) The presentation of self-harm recovery: A thematic analysis of YouTube videos. Deviant Behavior, 40 (12). pp. 1596-1608. ISSN 0163-9625

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Abstract

Little is known about how recovery from self-harm is understood by individuals with personal experience of self-harm. YouTube is an important online venue for posting and discussion of user-generated self-harm videos. Drawing on this material, this study explores how self-harm recovery is presented on YouTube. The 30 most highly-viewed videos about recovery from self-harm were thematically analysed. Three themes were identified: 1) a desire for change, 2) control over change, 3) implementing change. This study identifies multiple understandings of self-harm, which in turn shape individuals’ understandings of self-harm recovery. This has implications for self-harm advice or support.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Karen Rodham
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 11:10
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 11:10
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6023

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