The presentation of self-harm recovery:

A Thematic Analysis of YouTube videos

Selena Ryan-Vig, Jeffrey Gavin, Karen Rodham

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1596-1608
Number of pages14
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume40
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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The presentation of self-harm recovery: A Thematic Analysis of YouTube videos. / Ryan-Vig, Selena; Gavin, Jeffrey; Rodham, Karen.

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Ryan-Vig, Selena ; Gavin, Jeffrey ; Rodham, Karen. / The presentation of self-harm recovery: A Thematic Analysis of YouTube videos. In: Deviant Behavior. 2019 ; Vol. 40, No. 12. pp. 1596-1608.
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