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Self Injurious Behavior

Janis Whitlock, PhD, MPH
Director, Cornell Research Program
on Self-Injurious Behavior

It is widely believed that the number of youth who intentionally injure their bodies by cutting, burning, or engaging in other forms of mutilation has increased in recent years. Join Dr. Janis Whitlock as she summarizes what we know and don't know about self-injury. In addition to sharing what is known about the prevalence, nature, and contagiosity of self-injurious behavior in the general youth population, she will share results from a New York State study of self-injury in schools. The talk will end with recommendations for detection, intervention, and prevention of self-injury in adolescents and young adults.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the risks of teen depression.
  • Recognize the signs of self-injurious behavior.
  • Identify resources for adolescents who need treatment.

Originally broadcast October 19, 2006


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