Little is known about how recovery from self-harm is understood by individuals with personal experience of self-harm. YouTube is an important online venue for posting and discussion of user-generated self-harm videos. Drawing on this material, this study explores how self-harm recovery is presented on YouTube. The 30 most highly-viewed videos about recovery from self-harm were thematically analysed. Three themes were identified: 1) a desire for change, 2) control over change, 3) implementing change. This study identifies multiple understandings of self-harm, which in turn shape individuals’ understandings of self-harm recovery. This has implications for self-harm advice or support.
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Ryan-Vig, S., Gavin, J., & Rodham, K. (2019). The presentation of self-harm recovery: A Thematic Analysis of YouTube videos. Deviant Behavior, 40(12), 1596-1608. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2019.1599141