Self-harm among adolescents, mostly girls, has increased in the last years. Self-harm is associated with mental illness and the risk of suicide. This qualitative study aims to explore the lived experience of self-harm as it is related to everyday life and challenges among adolescents. Nineteen girls 13—18 years of age in a clinical population strategic selection participated in personal interviews analyzed by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to capture how they made meaning of self-harm and essential features of experiencing self-harm. Adult persons with the first-hand experience of self-harm were included in the research analysis. Data-analysis resulted in three superordinate themes which all speak about ways to handle inner pain and vulnerability: 1. This article argues that subjective personal data on self-harm related to adolescents' everyday lives may indicate diversity in the capacity to integrate difficult needs, feelings, and traumatic experiences as part of the self. This knowledge may bring a nuanced understanding of self-harm in adolescence, enhance self-understanding and treatment motivation, and inform clinical adjustment.
Self-generated abuse material, or SG-CSAM, is a complex challenge and represents a variety of experiences, risks, and harms for kids. Some images represent a child who is being groomed and coerced, their trust and vulnerabilities being intentionally exploited. But irrespective of the origin story for these images, in the hands of online child sexual offenders, they represent a real and serious risk to the child depicted, and to other children worldwide. Investigators now report these images are common and growing in their caseload. Painting these trends with too broad a brush oversimplifies important details and runs the risk of introducing harms that did not previously exist.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced last week that three people were arrested on suspicion of trafficking a Los Angeles woman after fooling her into thinking she was going to a birthday party. The production, distribution or possession of images showing sexually explicit conduct involving someone younger than 18 is a federal crime. Last week, McDonnell told reporters that the task force had rescued 60 victims since it was formed late last year. Many of those victims, the sheriff said, were between 14 and
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Language: English Spanish French. Like nonaffected adults, individuals with autism spectrum disorders ASDs show the entire range of sexual behaviors. However, due to the core symptoms of the disorder spectrum, including deficits in social skills, sensory hypo- and hypersensitivities, and repetitive behaviors, some ASD individuals might develop quantitatively above-average or nonnormative sexual behaviors and interests. After reviewing the relevant literature on sexuality in high-functioning ASD individuals, we present novel findings on the frequency of normal sexual behaviors and those about the assessment of hypersexual and paraphilic fantasies and behaviors in ASD individuals from our own study. Individuals with ASD seem to have more hypersexual and paraphilic fantasies and behaviors than general-population studies suggest.