Cutting and Self-Harm
by Chris Simpson
September 2015, 193pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-872-6
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Self-injury has a prevalence of 6%–40% depending on the population sampled.

What is self-harm and what causes it? Learn the terms and concepts related to this type of behavior.

Non-suicidal self-injury has been in existence to some extent for centuries. Today, the practices are increasing in terms of the number of people engaging in this often-baffling behavior. By the use of accessible language, rich descriptions of concepts, and realistic case examples, Cutting and Self Harm seeks to demystify these behaviors that afflict self-injuring individuals and negatively impact their family members and friends.

Author Chris Simpson, PhD, has written and presented on the subject of self-harm since 2001. He begins the book by answering the question “What is cutting and self-harm and how does it occur?” and by explaining important terms and concepts related to the behavior. He then covers current controversies about self-harming behaviors and addresses frequently confusing topics, such as the contributing factors to self-injury, psychopharmacological treatment of the behavior, and the use of group therapeutic approaches in treatment facilities. The final section of the book presents additional resources for those impacted by self-injury.


  • Provides an in-depth history of self-harm behavior that provides a relatable perspective for the reader
  • Offers realistic and common case samples that promote better understanding
  • Explains how anyone concerned about a self-injurious loved one can best confront the behavior and offers tips on how to provide support
  • Devotes significant attention to controversial areas such as the prevalence of self-injury in school settings, addresses the use of psychopharmacology in treating the behavior, and gives an overview of effective techniques for treatment
Chris Simpson, PhD, is associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University–Commerce. Simpson has published on the topic of non-suicidal self-injury in refereed journal articles and book chapters in the counseling field. He earned his doctorate in counseling from The University of North Texas, Denton, TX.


"The book provides an uncomplicated, if cursory, overview of self-injury that may be useful to non-professional readers as a brief introduction to the topic. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.'—Choice, May 2, 2016

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