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The experiences and needs of supporting individuals of young people who self-harm: A systematic review and thematic synthesis

Mughal, F., Troya, M.I., Dikomitis, Lisa, Tierney, S., Corp, N., Evans, N., Townsend, E., Chew-Graham, C.A. (2022) The experiences and needs of supporting individuals of young people who self-harm: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. EClinicalMedicine, 48 . Article Number 101437. ISSN 2589-5370. (doi:10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101437) (KAR id:100041)


Self-harm in young people is a serious international health concern that impacts on those providing informal support: the supporting individuals of young people. We aimed to highlight the experiences, views, and needs of these supporting individuals of young people. We conducted a systematic review and thematic synthesis: PROSPERO CRD42020168527. MEDLINE, PsycINFO, EMBASE, AMED, CINAHL, ASSIA, and Web of Science were searched from inception to 6 May 2020 with citation tracking of eligible studies done on 1 Oct 2021. Primary outcomes were experiences, perspectives, and needs of parents, carers, or other family members of young people aged 12-25. Searches found 6167 citations, of which 22 papers were included in synthesis. Supporting individuals seek an explanation for and were personally affected by self-harm in young people. It is important that these individuals are themselves supported, especially as they negotiate new identities when handling self-harm in young people, as they attempt to offer support. The GRADE-CERQual confidence in findings is moderate. Recommendations informed by the synthesis findings are made for the future development of interventions. Clinicians and health service providers who manage self-harm in young people should incorporate these identified unmet needs of supporting individuals in a holistic approach to self-harm care. Future research must co-produce and evaluate interventions for supporting individuals.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101437
Uncontrolled keywords: Self-harm, Young people, Thematic synthesis, Parents, Carers, Family
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Kent and Medway Medical School
Depositing User: Manfred Gschwandtner
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 11:41 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2023 09:37 UTC
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