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It has become clear from the greater media coverage on self-injury that it is a burgeoning phenomenon in society. I am interested in what kinds of people do this self-injury, why they do it, and how it affects them. I got interested in self-injury because it seemed like a growing number of young people who I know are doing it and I started wondering if it was a growing phenomenon. I am more specifically interested in knowing how people get the idea of doing it, what other kinds of behaviors may correlate to it, how it is gender related, what is the experience of it, if there is a subculture that supports it, how people manage the knowledge that they self-injure, and how others react.

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