The Psychology of Self-Injury: Exploring Self-Harm & Mental Health

Self-Injury Under Age 12, with Dr. Imke Baetens & Lisa Van Hove

Episode Summary

Imke Baetens, PhD, from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University) in Belgium and PhD student Lisa Van Hove discuss the prevalence and characteristics of self-injury and self-harm among children under age 12.

Episode Notes

Just how prevalent is self-injury among children under age 12?  Do the types and methods they use differ from those who self-injure at other ages? What about the reasons they give for self-injuring? In this episode, Dr. Imke Baetens and PhD candidate Lisa Van Hove from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University) discuss the prevalence of self-injury and self-harm among children under age 12 and how parents can talk to their young children about the behavior. 

To learn more about the International Consortium on Self-Injury in Educational Settings (ICSES), visit Learn more about Dr. Baetens at To see her publications, click here, and to learn more about her work at the Brussels University Consultation Center (BUCC), visit Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn here. Below are some of their research referenced in this episode: 

  1. Baetens, I., Decruy, C., Vatandoost, S., Vanderhaegen, B., & Kiekens, G. (2020). School-based prevention targeting non-suicidal self-injury: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 437.
  2. Van Hove, L., Baetens, I., Simundic, A., Bloom, E., & Heath, N. (in press). NSSI in elementary school children. In E. E. Lloyd-Richardson, I. Baetens & J. Whitlock (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury. Oxford University Press.

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