SEVERE SELF‐INJURIOUS BEHAVIOUR: some of the challenges it presents

Eric Emerson

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    Approximately one quarter of a million European citizens who have mental handicaps also show severe self‐injurious behaviours. The consequences of such behaviour can include secondary infections, physical malformation, the acquisition of additional sensory or neurological impairments, and even death. Severe self‐injury can also lead to people being excluded, neglected, and abused. If services are successfully to face up to the challenge presented by severe self‐injury, they will need to develop ways of accurately identifying and responding to people's unique needs. 1990 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)92-98
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of the British Institute of Mental Handicap (APEX)
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1990


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