The Scarred Body: Women's experience of self-injurious behaviour

The aim with the PhD project is to develop a psychological understanding of men and women’s self-injurious behaviour

About the project

Methodological and theoretical frameworks dealing with identity, intimacy and self-representation are considered suitable to capture the complex relation between women’s experience of their scarred bodies and the female body’s figuration in the cultural context of today.

The investigation is qualitative, and consists of in-depth interviews with persons in various age-groups who have harmed themselves. The analysis is critical and comparative to previous and current research on self-injurious behaviour, and challenges the conception that not to talk about the injuring with people who harm themselves is the best approach. Further aims are to widen the knowledge base for dialogically based interventions, as well as new ways for patients to interpret and understand their behaviour.


University of Oslo, 2007- 2012.

Published Sep. 27, 2011 1:37 PM - Last modified Mar. 26, 2019 3:44 PM