Understanding and Counseling Self-Mutilation in Female Adolescents and Young Adults

Laurie Mac Aniff Zila, Mark S. Kiselica

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This article examines the syndrome of self-mutilation with specific attention given to self-mutilation in female adolescents and young adults. Causes, symptoms, types, definitions, and treatments are discussed. Included is an explanation of the lexical and conceptual confusion that accompanies self-mutilation. Implications and recommendations for counselors are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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