Models of correction and prevention of self-injurious behavior



We present a review of models of correction of self-injurious and suicidal behavior. Cognitive-behavioral approach includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance-based group therapy focused on enhancing emotional regulation and rising emotional aware- ness, dialectical behavioral therapy directed at rising emotional awareness, improving in- terpersonal relationships and teaching adaptive ways of coping with emotions, functional analysis and functional communication training. Psychodynamic approach includes mentalized-based treatment, transference-focused psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and cognitive-analytic therapy. Model of family therapy based on theory of attachment and multilevel model of intervention are considered. We discuss general and specific aspects of prevention of self-injury in clinical and normal populations. Requirements for the development of self-injury prevention programs for schools are listed.

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Keywords: self-injurious behavior, suicidal behavior, correction, prevention

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Polskaya N.A. Models of correction and prevention of self-injurious behavior. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2016. Vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 110–125. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2016240307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalia A. Polskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Department, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Leading Researcher, Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health of Children and Adolescents named after G.E. Sukhareva of the Moscow Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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