Blogs, identity, stigma and scars: The legacy of self-injury

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Binnie, J, Kendall, N and Macdonald, C (2021). Blogs, identity, stigma and scars: The legacy of self-injury. Mental Health Review Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-06-2020-0041
AuthorsBinnie, J, Kendall, N and Macdonald, C
Abstract

Objective: In this article, we explored the experience of living with scars from self-injury; how people who self-injure make meaning of their scars and how these scars are a part of the identity construction process.
Method: Sixty entries, from twenty-five online narrative blogs detailing the experience of living with self-injury scars, were analyzed using a contextualized thematic analysis informed by an embodied perspective.
Results: Analysis generated two dominant themes: temporal aspects of identity; and social stigma and scars.
Conclusion: Far reaching consequences of self-injury scars on the daily lives of people who selfinjure were found. This included a person’s posture, clothing, choices of career, inclusion in family life, leisure activities and relationships; all of which have corollaries in emotional and
psychological well-being. Scars were found to be self-narrative with particular salience given to how scars represented healing. Novel findings included the central role scars played in the resistance of self-injury stigma.

KeywordsSelf-injury, scars, qualitative, online
Year2021
JournalMental Health Review Journal
PublisherEmerald
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-06-2020-0041
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