We have had quite a few requests to share research projects recently so we thought the best way to share them was to put them all together on a page here.

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Remember that agreeing to find out more about research or starting to take part in a project doesn't mean you can't change your mind - it is always important that you feel comfortable and safe taking part, so if you change your mind, just let the researcher know.

Research Projects Looking for Participants:

Influences on Self-Harm

Please contact us at:  [email protected]

We are inviting participants to take part in an online study in which we measure your thoughts about self-harm, with telephone input from a research assistant. The study session will take about an hour. It will involve asking you questions about your past history of self-harm, whether people amongst your family and friends have self-harmed, and asking you to rate your thoughts about self-harm before and after a series of three scenarios. These scenarios are designed to minimise any triggering effect, and we have built in a series of safeguards to our study design.

The findings of our research will be used to understand influences on self-harm so that we can design ways of helping people to reduce the risks of physical damage and of suicide attempt.

What is the Role of Beliefs about Emotions and Emotion Regulation in Self-harming Behaviours? 

Contact Lucy Rymer: [email protected]

This research forms part of my doctoral dissertation for the qualification of counselling psychologist and it has been approved by York St John University's ethics committee.

My research aims to look at the differences between beliefs about emotions in individuals aged 16-25 who self harm and those who don't. It also aims to to look at the relationship between emotion regulation skills and self-harming behaviours. The survey asks questions on the following:

  • Individuals beliefs about emotions
  • Individuals emotion regulation skills
  • Individuals self-harming behaviours
  • Individuals overall well-being

One of the hypotheses of this research is that the latter individuals believe that emotions are uncontrollable and/or unacceptable whilst the former individuals believe they are controllable and/or acceptable. Believing your intense and intolerable emotions are uncontrollable and unacceptable is likely to add to an individuals feeling of overwhelm leading them to choose a more impulsive and maladaptive strategy. If we find support for our hypotheses it will provide useful information to help design more informative interventions.