Psychological Research and Intervention
Vol 3, No 2 (2020)

Understanding the Dynamics of Self-discrepancy Formation of Self-injurious Adolescents: A Case Study of Self-injury

Muhammad Abdul Hadi (Department of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Banyu Wicaksono (Department of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Publish Date
14 Jun 2021


How the self-discrepancy of self-injurious adolescents was formed is yet to be understood clearly. Several studies have clearly stated that self-discrepancy contributes to propel adolescents to injure themselves. This study attempted to understand the dynamics of self-discrepancy formation in the sample of late adolescents who self-injure. This study used a descriptive qualitative research method and case study approach to examine this phenomenon. Data were obtained from six participants, using an open-ended questionnaire, which asks about how self-discrepancy in the participants was formed. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis to identify themes and subthemes that indicate how self-discrepancy was formed. The result showed that ten significant themes emerge in the self-discrepancy formation of self-injurious adolescents. Two factors contribute to form self-discrepancy among adolescents who self-injure: external dan internal. These factors are achieved from the familial and social interaction that are perceived negatively by the participants. Based on the results of this study, self-discrepancies in adolescent self-injurers should be considered when intervening in self-injurious adolescents.

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Psychological Research and Intervention is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of psychology with publication focus on the research in the science of psychology, as well as, applied research in psychological diagnosis and intervention. This journal is aimed at facilitating discussion and ...