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dc.contributor.authorBerger, E.
dc.contributor.authorHasking, Penelope
dc.contributor.authorReupert, A.
dc.identifier.citationBerger, E. and Hasking, P. and Reupert, A. 2015. Developing a Policy to Address Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Schools. Journal of School Health. 85 (9): pp. 629-647.

Background: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is an increasing and serious concern in schools. The purpose of this study was to determine the suitability of a new policy for responding to NSSI in schools. Methods: Teachers and other school staff, including year level coordinators, psychologists, and counselors, N=48, reviewed a policy for addressing NSSI in schools and provided written feedback. Results: The majority of staff worked in schools without a policy regarding NSSI, or were unsure whether their school had such a policy. Participants were generally positive about the presented policy and supported its implementation in schools. Perceived challenges to policy implementation included a lack of knowledge about NSSI among staff and limited referral services available to students who self-injure. Suggested changes included developing a flowchart of the referral process and increasing collaboration between school staff, changes which were subsequently implemented. Conclusion: Awareness and education for school staff regarding NSSI combined with school policies for responding to adolescents who self-injure are recommended to enhance management of NSSI in schools, and improve the health and well-being of adolescents who self-injure.

dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.titleDeveloping a Policy to Address Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Schools
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of School Health
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
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