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Yukari Seko: Exploring motivations for creating self-injury content online

Why do some individuals who engage in non-suicidal self-injury create and share images of their injuries on the Internet? Yukari Seko is conducting research to try to answer this question. She feels that this process may be an emotional outlet that helps these people reduce their emotional distress.

“My tentative hypothesis is that creating and viewing NSSI content can mitigate self-destructive urges rather than the opposite,” she explains, “and as such, social media may have the potential to serve as a powerful venue for positively influencing adolescent health behaviours.”

EENet has developed a Student Spotlight on Yukari’s work. Student Spotlights are brief profiles of up-and-coming student researchers.

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Categories: Children / Youth , Mental Health

Source: Yukari Seko