Exploring an Online Self-Injury Support Group: Perspectives From Group Members

Shane Haberstroh, Michael Moyer

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In this qualitative study, the authors explored an online support group for individuals who self-injure. Twenty members of a private and moderated online group responded to questions about their history of self-injury and experiences with the online self-injury support group. Themes emerged related to the relational and emotional aspects of self-injury, the therapeutic connections in the group, experiences with no triggering norms, and strategies for asynchronous group interaction. The authors provide recommendations for counselors and group leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-132
Number of pages20
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • online counseling
  • online support group
  • self-injury
  • support group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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