The NSSI Paradox: Discussing and displaying NSSI in an online environment

Rodham, K., Gavin, J., Lewis, S., Bandalli, P. and St Denis, J. (2016) The NSSI Paradox: Discussing and displaying NSSI in an online environment. Deviant Behavior, 37 (10). pp. 1110-1117. ISSN 0163-9625

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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is commonly shared online. In the offline world, secrecy is a sign of “real” or authentic self-injury; therefore, openly sharing NSSI in the online context could be considered a paradoxical behavior. We explored how users of an online NSSI site negotiated this apparent paradox. Contrary to our expectations, contributing text and
photographs to an online site did not appear to compromise authentic identity. We suggest this was because they were presented in the form of an anonymous public display, which meant that posters could maintain their (secret) identity as individuals who genuinely engage in NSSI.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative / Internet / NSSI
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Karen Rodham
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 15:42
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 15:42

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