Self-Mutilation Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

An examination of the issues concerning self-mutilation or self harm in adolescent girls.
# 119025 | 1,655 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2010 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Disorders) , Sociology (General)

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This paper delivers research on the area of adolescent psychology with the theme of self-mutilation or self harm that occurs with adolescent girls. This concept of masochism is dissected in the paper using peer reviewed journal articles. The psychosis behind this action is also explored and the impetus of the problem is given. The history of the subject is discussed as it relates not only psychologically with adolescence but also some sociology is incorporated into the paper to give it a fair balance of prognosis.

From the Paper:

"In Pipher's studies (1994) she recognizes that female deviance is formed not only from interaction or lack of interaction from family, but also to the deliverance of aggression from friends and kids at school. Girls will call other girls sluts (the manifestation of anger through verbal outbursts) and do mean things to them while they 'aren't looking'. Boys do not verbalize their malice but act upon it by physically abusing their supposed assailant. These two areas of socialization are prevalent in the various typological profiling for self mutilation. An abusive environment will generate different responses from men and women. Men, with an abusive childhood will transgress their behavior in terms of killing, raping or violent crimes. Women are more likely to internalize their reactions and become self-destructive, turning to drug abuse or prostitution. The internal deviance of women causes most people to disbelieve their capability of being hands-on violent or self aggressive. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nock, Matthew K.; Prinstein, Mitchell J. (February 2005). Contextual Features and Behavioral Functions of Self-Mutilation Among Adolescents . Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Vol. 114(1). pp. 140-146.
  • Pipher, M. PH. D. (1994). Reviving Ophelia. Edgeworth Productions. Randomhouse.

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