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Still recruiting participants for study on self-harm [01 Dec 2010|02:13pm]
perl_sfu
Hi there,

I know some members from this group have participated in our research, so I wanted to send along a quick update and to let you know that we are still recruiting participants for our research on self-harm.  The Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury Study began in March 2009. Since we began, over 350 people from 18 different countries have participated in this study. 83 people are currently participating in the longitudinal portion of the study, completing questionnaires every three months. This part will help us understand patterns of self-injury over time, as well as what motivates people to recover or stop from self-injuring. 

Below is some more information about the study. Please email us at perl@sfu.ca if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating!

Best wishes!
The Personality and Emotion Research Lab




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Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! Participating in the study takes 2 hours, and you will receive an online gift certificate worth $10 CAD for each time point you complete, plus a chance for a $25 bonus if you complete all the follow-ups for a total of $75.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at perl@sfu.ca. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.


**************************************************************
THE DETAILS:

Background Information:

Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.

What you can do:

If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hour to complete. Later, you’ll have a chance to complete follow-up questionnaires over a 12 month period. Although the first session is long, the follow-up questionnaires are shorter, and usually take on 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate:

We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.You must be at least 16 years old to participate.

What’s in it for you:

Participants who complete the questionnaires will receive a $10 (Canadian currency) gift certificate each time you complete the questionnaires (from amazon.com or PayPal). In addition, you will receive a $25 bonus if you complete all five follow-ups in the first year! Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

Important Information:

This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.

Please contact us at perl@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
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New member... Hiya. :D [13 Nov 2010|05:03pm]

childinlove
[ mood | blank ]

Hello all, I'm Gabby.
I'm not new new to LiveJournal, but this is a new account and I'm sort of starting over. I'm 15, a sophomore in high school, and I officially began "cutting" 2 years ago when I was 13. There were other sorts of self-injury for years before that, though. It all started with a bad breakup, but that was just a trigger. I learned later that it came along with my body dysmorphia, just like the eating disorder I had back then. These days, I don't cut regularly anymore, but I wouldn't exactly said I've "quit". In fact, the last time I cut was only two weeks ago. It's just not as much of a daily occurrence anymore. I'm hoping that someday I'll be able to do without it completely. I also have a skin-picking disorder that's still in full swing. :/
Anyway, I'm really hoping to meet some new people with similar problems, and if anyone ever wants to talk, I'm here. :3

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3 years and counting [11 Nov 2010|06:52pm]

punkreflections
[ mood | sympathetic ]

So I've just recently decided to start posting again in the communities I used to frequent. I took alook at another site the other day. and I was in complete shock.. not at what I was seeing.. the 'triggering' images, or the reading the painful posts. I was in shock at my own immediate reaction. I didn't have to convince myself to feel anything this time. What I felt came naturally.. and it was a complete surprise to me.

I felt sick.

I'm not judging, anyone.. I swear. Its not about that. Its just... for someone like me, who used to savor these kinds of pictures, {hell.. i even took pictures of my own self injury, and treated them as a prize possesion} >>> it was a shock to myself that I don't think this way anymore. That seeing these images doesnt make me feel anything other than completely sad for myself, and those people.. for what they are going through. Im not casting judgements on anyone, and its not about pity. I just know that when I was doing that to myself.. deep deep down. Beyond the lies I told myself about loving it.... I know I wasn't happy....

and I read the comments on those pictures.. and it just makes me really sad.

Im not trying to be a hypocrite. Not at all. I just see both sides I guess. I remember a time where I cherised my depression.. my secret. and I felt like nothing was ever going to change. I was never going to regret my scars. Thankfully, something inside me knew that one day I might not want them. And I controlled where.. and how deep.. and how noticable my scars might be one day. And thankfully, the worst ones are hidden always.. high up on my leg. and No, I dont have to worry about short shorts or skirts or a bathing suit. At least not in the forseeable future. Its not my style. But I know alot of people struggle with it Post SI.. hiding scars.. or being self conscious of their scars. And I just think.. goddamn.. some of the scars I seen on some people. are just never going to go away. and its sad. because one day, they may regret them like I do.

anyway, kind of a longer post than I intended. Its been 3 years since I self injured. mainly my whole point here, is that things do get better.


pain

Intro [07 Nov 2010|08:10am]

deathling

Name-AmY

Age-29

Location-USA, Maryland

Occupation/education-Pathology grad student and professional cadaver disarticulator. BS degree in psychology. AA in mortuary science. Currently licensed, non-practicing mortician.

History-Started cutting at 11 years of age. "Clean" for 7 years with no relapse in sight.
Stopped when I wrote a cathartic research paper on SI in undergrad that made my realize why I did what I did and that it didn't solve anything. I previously had been in and out of hospitals and saw numerous therapists. None of it helped. I was the only one who could stop myself.
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My philosophy is that there is nothing wrong with the act of cutting in and of itself. It only becomes problematic when it is done in conjunction with negative emotions.
You know what they are.

I don't know if I can help, but I'm here.

Hi!
pain

Help Us Understand Self-harm [24 Oct 2010|10:24pm]
perl_sfu
 Hello again from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm? We are currently recruiting participants for the second phase of our research on self-harm, and we want your help! We are looking for people who have self-injured, whether you are currently trying to stop or not, to complete questionnaires every 3 months for one year to understand patterns of self-harm over time. Participating in the study takes 2 hours, and you will receive an online gift certificate worth $5 CAD for each time point you complete, plus a chance for a $25 bonus if you complete all the follow-ups over one year for a total of $50.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at emotion@sfu.ca. All your information will be kept confidential, and no identifying information is linked to your responses.


**************************************************************
THE DETAILS:

Background Information:

Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help! We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help.

What you can do:

If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hour to complete. Later, you’ll have a chance to complete follow-up questionnaires over a 12 month period. Although the first session is long, the follow-up questionnaires are shorter, and usually take on 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate:

We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not), AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.You must be at least 16 years old to participate.

What’s in it for you:

Participants who complete the questionnaires will receive a $5 (Canadian currency) gift certificate each time you complete the questionnaires (from amazon.com or PayPal). In addition, you will receive a $25 bonus if you complete all five follow-ups in the first year! Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

Important Information:

This study is the second phase of this line of research, and builds on the previous study. If you have already participated in our research (in a study called “Characteristics Associated with Self-Injury”), you are still eligible to complete this study.

Please contact us at emotion@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)
Simon Fraser University
Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
pain

Volunteers Needed for a Research Study on Self Injury [25 Jul 2010|12:06pm]

odu_researcher
Dear LJ Community,
 
The recruitment for our self injury study is now complete.
 
Thank you for your support of our research. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
 
Sincerely,
 
~Tatyana Kholodkov
Graduate Student
Old Dominion University 
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Relapse [18 Jun 2010|11:05pm]

fbslover
I went 14 months and relapsed. Trying to get back on track. Why is it so hard to stop?
pain

[18 Jun 2010|08:35pm]

lildixieangel06
I'm going on vacation with my family in a couple of weeks, for my cousin's destination wedding. I'm beginning to worry more and more about the scars on my legs - I'm not quite so self-conscious around my friends and immediate family, but knowing I'll be in a swimsuit around my extended family is making me panic a little. Does anyone have any ideas for hiding scars? I've started looking up leg makeup, but I want to know if anyone has had any experience with this. does it work? Is there something else I could use?

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Please Help Researchers Understand Self-harm [14 Apr 2010|10:28am]
perl_sfu

 

 
Hello from the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)!

We're entering our last couple weeks of recruitment for our current study on self-harm.  A big thank you to those of you who have already participated in this research, your input and willingness to share your experiences with us is incredibly valuable!  To those who still want to participate, just send us an email at chapman_lab@sfu.ca.  You can find a bit more information about the study below.

Thanks again, and best wishes!

The Personality and Emotion Research Lab

*****************************************************************************************************

 

Would you like to help us understand how to help people who self-harm?

 

Self-injury (sometimes called “self-harm”) involves harming yourself on purpose. Some examples include cutting or burning yourself, taking an overdose of pills, or banging your head. Right now, very little is known about why people start or stop self-harming. The Personality and Emotion Research Lab (PERL), a research team from Simon Fraser University in Canada, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people who self-harm, and we want your help!  We are interested in how emotions, life experiences, stress and coping styles affect self-harm. We hope that this research will help other people understand more about why people self-harm and what they can do to help. 

 

What you can do: If you want to participate in this study, you will fill out online questionnaires on self-harm, emotions, coping, symptoms, and life events. These questionnaires will take approximately 2 hours to complete.  

 

Who can participate: We are looking for people who currently self-harm (whether you are trying to stop or not) AND those who have self-harmed in the past and quit.

 

What’s in it for you: Participants who complete the questionnaires will be paid $5 CAD (money transfers via PayPal). You can also choose to participate in our long-term study, where you will fill out a shorter version of the questionnaires every three months for two years. You will be paid $5 CAD each time you complete a set of questionnaires (about 30 min each), and you will get a $15 CAD bonus once you have completed all 9 sets for a total of $60 CAD. Telling us about your experiences will give us important information on how self-harm changes over time, and could help develop and improve treatments for people who want to stop self-harming.

 

Please contact us at perl@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

 

Thank you,

 

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL)

Simon Fraser University

Department of Psychology
RCB5246, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6


pain

[07 Sep 2009|04:26pm]

astracrid
[ mood | apathetic ]

i haven't been active on here in probably about a year. i used to be known under a different username, but had to switch due to ridiculous drama and other stuff.

i started college about a week and a half ago, and i'm having major trouble adjusting. they told us all at orientation that in times of great emotion and change, we regress emotionally. and that's basically what i've been doing. no, i haven't been cutting, not yet. but, to be completely honest, as an art major, i have to buy an exacto knife for class. this is a problem, and you can see why; i'm afraid that i'll use it for the thing it's not intended for.

i'd go to my friends or family with help on this, but i'm afraid that there isn't much they can do; i live more than six hours away from everyone i'm close to. and unfortunately, it makes it that much easier for me to do; i have no incentive not to, because any cuts will heal before i see any of them again, which won't be until november.

so, basically, i don't know whether or not i'll be able to make it the next week without doing something very, very stupid.

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