Beyond medicalization: Self-injuring acts revisited
2016 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1363-4593, E-ISSN 1461-7196, Vol. 20, no 4, 346-362 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
For too long, medical/psychiatric and psychological studies, with focus on emotional sensitivity, personality traits, and correlation with psychopathology, have dominated research on self-injuring acts. The phenomenon thus has been defined as a predominantly medical issue. However, a large body of community prevalence studies show self-injuring acts to be a common phenomenon in society, and most of those who self-injure are unknown in psychiatric or other clinical settings. This article describes and analyzes the medicalization of self-injuring acts and argues a need to move research on self-injuring acts out of the medical paradigm. There is a need to explicitly explore the impact of social, cultural, structural, and gendered factors surrounding and influencing self-injuring acts. A non-medical approach, beyond the limits of the medical perspective, would feed research forward and create a more nuanced view on this widespread social phenomenon.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 20, no 4, 346-362 p.
demedicalization, gender, medicalization, research context, self-injuring acts
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125595DOI: 10.1177/1363459316633280ISI: 000380140900002PubMedID: 26944632OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125595DiVA: diva2:1018157