Non-suicidal self-injury: Self-efficacy of secondary school counselors



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This qualitative study explored the knowledge, self-efficacy beliefs, and attitudes of secondary school counselors regarding non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescents. Students engaging in non-suicidal self-injury is an issue secondary school counselors deal with frequently, and the problem is getting worse. The goal of this study was to determine if school counselors lack knowledge in understanding the warning signs, causes, and treatments for a student who self-injures. School counselors may feel inept when providing counseling for a student who has been engaging in NSSI. This population of students are at a higher risk for suicide. Recommendations are given to strengthen secondary school counselors’ self-efficacy in treating NSSI in their schools.



Adolescents, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, NSSI, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Secondary School Counselors, Middle School, High School, Self-Efficacy, Suicide, Suicidal Behavior