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
Issue number12
Early online date1 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • self har, support, youtube


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