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Self-injury research – interviews

Edyta is looking into self-injury as part of her research into ‘hope and hopelessness’ for her doctoral level studies at City University London.

Edyta is looking for people to interview about their lives and reliance upon self-injury. Naturally, interviews will be treated strictly confidentially and participant’s identities will be protected.

If you’d be willing to speak to her, you should be:

  • at least 20 years of age;
  • in employment (part-time or full-time);
  • relying on self-injury from time to time;
  • without suicidal intentions; and
  • not currently undergoing therapy or counselling.

Interviews would be face to face in an agreed location, and Edyta is based in London but is willing to travel to interview you.

“Self-harm is a common behaviour that is known to have a poor response to treatment. The widespread perception of self-harm places an emphasis on the negative aspects of the behaviour. However, there is also a less known view that constructs self-harm as a positive behaviour. Therefore, this research aims to explore the understanding of hope and hopelessness in the stories on self-harm.”

Please email for more information.


  • Dr Andy Barton-Breck

    Hu Edyta, I have a few papers with reviewers – so fingers crossed. I have put my thesis on my website: (it is very long!). I will watch out for your summary. Best wishes Andy

  • Edyta Pazera

    Hi Andy, thank you for your message and the wishes. I’m going to prepare a short summary (something like you did) for the FirstSigns when I finish my research and later would like to also publish results. I’m also looking forward to reading your publish paper (from my search you haven’t published yet, have you?). Best wishes Edyta

  • Dr Andy Barton-Breck

    Hi Edyta, I wish you all the best in carrying out this research and will be very interested to hear about your findings. Best wishes Andy


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