Your Questions Answered
by Romeo Vitelli
March 2018, 114pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5444-6
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Research suggests that as many as 12 to 24 percent of adolescents have intentionally injured themselves at least once, while 6 to 8 percent regularly engage in self-injury, often into adulthood.

This book provides an introduction to the topic of self-injury as it relates to teens and young adults. The information, guidance, and resources offered make it a valuable tool for anyone whose life has been impacted by self-injury.

Regardless of the form it takes, self-injury can leave lasting physical and emotional scars on both those who harm themselves and their friends and family. Part of Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series, Self-Injury: Your Questions Answered provides clear, concise information for readers interested in or struggling with this often-misunderstood subject. It explores the causes and consequences of self-injury, treatment options that make use of therapy and medication, and the role that popular culture and the media have in shaping our understanding of these behaviors.

Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the Internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A format
  • Helps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy section
  • Provides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studies
  • Dispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information
  • Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Romeo Vitelli received his doctorate in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 1987. He spent 15 years as a staff psychologist at Millbrook Correctional Centre, a maximum-security prison run by the Ontario government. In 2003, he went into full-time private practice and remains an active blogger and author. His first book, The Everything Guide to Overcoming PTSD, was published in 2014, and he is currently working on a book about substance abuse for Greenwood.


"This is a useful resource for school, public, and consumer-health libraries."—Booklist, July 17, 2018

"This is a very readable book that will certainly appeal to teens but may also to patrons in a public library or to an undergraduate audience. Recommended."—ARBA, August 4, 2018

"A short but useful health guide that serves as an incisive question-and-answer resource on the topic of self-injury. . . . In addition to students seeking information on this topic, this text can benefit practicing psychologists and individuals teaching, or researching, at the intersection of therapy and mental health. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals."—Choice, November 1, 2018

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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