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Self-Injurious Behavior: An Emerging Phenomenon
Laurie Marie Craigen and Victoria Foster
Self-injurious behavior recently has been termed the new anorexia, affecting an increasing number of individuals in America (Favazza, 1996; Levenkron, 1998). Because of the secretive nature of this phenomenon, determining exactly how many people are engaging in self-injurious behavior is difficult. Klonsky, Oltmanns, and Turkheimer (2003) estimated that “approximately 4% of the general population and 14% of college students have reported a history of selfinjurious behaviors” (p. 1501). In spite of this emerging phenomenon, self-injurious behavior remains a taboo subject and continues to be highly stigmatized by the counseling profession (Favazza & Rosenthal, 1993). Consequently, many counselors lack a clear understanding of how to effectively intervene with this population.