Attitudes to deliberate self harm among staff in an accident and emergency team

Author:
HEMMINGS Adrian
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Care, 2(9), May 1999, pp.300-302.
Publisher:
Pavilion

People who self harm frequently report punitive and judgmental attitudes among staff at hospital A&E departments. The author interviewed a sample of nursing and medical staff and found a high degree of ambivalence, frustration and distress about self-harming patients. Sensitive training and support are needed if A&E staff are not unwittingly to find themselves re-enforcing the cycle of guilt and self-punishment.

Subject terms:
hospitals, nurses, prevention, self-harm, staff, suicide, attempted suicide, attitudes, emergency health services, health professionals;
ISSN print:
1368-1230

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